Five international holidays converge onto the scene every December (and early January) to make our schedules hectic, exciting, and pressure-filled. Wrapping gifts while shopping at odd hours of the night either push us into the spirit of happiness OR help us find an escape path until all of the celebrations are over.
Here are related links to five holidays with religious and nonreligious implications. You'll learn some interesting facts and figures that will make you scratch your head in amazement. The marathon includes Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day. Learn new stuff and pass it on as the merriment continues throughout the holiday season.
-Carole Copeland Thomas
Links and Resources For The Five Holidays
2 Winter Solstice
Parenting Article Written For Kids
History of the Christmas Tree
5 Three Kings Day
From the battlefield to the Temple with one day of oil to ... a miraculous eight days of oil ... this is the story of Hanukkah. It started tonight December 24th (corrected from the video) and lasts through January 1st ... the festival of lights for Jewish people throughout the world. Tip #6 in our Ten Tip Holiday Video Series. Watch and learn!
Correction: In 2016 Hanukkah starts at sundown on Dec 24 and ends on the evening of January 1st. It occurs anytime from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar (that's the one we use). The actual date of Hanukkah changes each year.
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-Carole Copeland Thomas
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Today we celebrate three December holiday traditions in our world religions and ethnic practices: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah began in the evening of Tuesday, December 20, 2011, and ends in the evening of Wednesday, December 28, 2011.
Christmas is one of the TWO major holidays of Christianity. (Easter is the other BIG Christrian holiday.) Christmas celebrates the BIRTH of Jesus Christ, who was born in Bethelehem to a virgin teenager, Mary, and her dutiful husband, Joseph. The simplicity and humility of Jesus' birth symbolizes his gift of love and rebirth to all who follow his teachings. Although the exact day and time of year of Jesus' birth is not known, it has historically celebrated at the end of the year in all parts of the world.
Kwanzaa is NOT a religious holiday, but a secular one started in the African American community. Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community.
Kwanzaa was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a Black California university professor, in 1966-1967.
Let's celebrate three very different holidays with spirit and joy!
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