Learn about a New Holiday Tradition
WOW!! Where has the time gone? I mean it’s already DECEMBER!!! And you know what that means! It’s my favorite time of the year… the HOLIDAY SEASON!! I bet a few of you thought I was going to say Christmas season, but there are so many more holidays this time of year. Each one as unique and interesting as the last.
You can feel it in the air, the uplifting spirit that comes with this time of year as if everyone is joining in a mental group hug. Can you feel it squeeze ya? Anyway, one way to promote that overall good cheer is to increase tolerance of things and people who are different from us. And an excellent way to do that is to learn about other people and cultures holiday traditions! I love this idea, because there are so many fun and interesting things that people do this time of year, all over the world and maybe in the process you can add something new to your holiday traditions.
For your ease (because let’s face it, research is hard) I have created a short list of different traditions, and celebrations that are going on this time of year. Check them out and see if there is anything you want to adopt into your holiday routine. I have included a brief description (if you click on the holiday it will bring you to the website where I got the description) and below will be a link for more information. Some you will probably know, some you might not, but if you think I have forgot any feel free to leave a comment and I would be happy to add.
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Hanukkah - Also known as the Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.
Kwanzaa - This is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western Africa Diaspora and in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
New Years - New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count is incremented. In many cultures, the event is celebrated in some manner
Hopi Soyaluna – The Hopi Indians traditionally believed that at the time of the Winter Solstice, the sun had traveled as far from the earth as he ever did. Only the most powerful humans could persuade the sun to turn around and come back to the pueblo. The purpose of Soyaluna, which is still held among the Hopi who live on the mesas of Arizona, is to prevent the disappearance of the sun at the time of year when the days are at their shortest.
Winter Solstice - Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest
day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.
Las Posadas - This is a nine-day celebration with origins in Spain, now celebrated chiefly in Mexico, Guatemala and portions of the Southwestern United States beginning December 16 and ending December 24, on evenings (about 8 or 10 PM).
Boxing Day - This is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day
following Christmas Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers, in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other Commonwealth nations, as well as Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December
Bodhi Day – This is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under a peepal tree and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it.
Pancha Ganapati- This is a modern five-day Hindu festival celebrated from December 21 through 25 in honor of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Guardian of Culture. The festival was created in 1985 as a Hindu alternative to December holidays like Christmas by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (born Robert Hansen), a Western convert to Hinduism who founded the magazine Hinduism Today and the Saiva Siddhanta Church, headquartered in Hawaii; the festival is uncommon among traditional South Asian Hindus.
Christmas (I almost forgot this one haha)- This is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a public holiday in many-of-the-world's nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of former or non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
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So many fun things! I know I am eyeing up those Venezuelan Christmas Butter Cookies! What are your holiday traditions? I wanna hear them!! Leave a comment or send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org