Cel­e­brat­ing Around the World

‘Tis the sea­son to be jolly! We look around the world at some of the dif­fer­ent ways peo­ple are cel­e­brat­ing…

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Tra­di­tion­ally a Chris­tian hol­i­day, Christ­mas be­gan as a cel­e­bra­tion of the birth of Je­sus. These days Christ­mas has be­come a part of many cul­tures and a sec­u­lar cel­e­bra­tion where fam­i­lies and friends come to­gether to ex­change gifts as well as re­ceiv­ing a visit from Santa Claus!


This Jewish cel­e­bra­tion spans eight days and marks an an­cient bat­tle dat­ing back thou­sands of years ago. Also known as the “Fes­ti­val of Light”, each night a new can­dle is lit on a spe­cial branched can­dle­stick called a meno­rah. There is also tra­di­tional food, games, prayers and small gifts are ex­changed be­tween loved ones.


Also known as the Win­ter Sol­stice, Yule is an an­cient cel­e­bra­tion of the short­est day of the year and the re­turn of the sun as days get warmer. The sol­stice has been cel­e­brated in many dif­fer­ent cul­tures as an im­por­tant change in sea­sons, es­pe­cially for hunters who ex­pe­ri­enced harsh win­ters. To­day, Yule is cel­e­brated with fes­ti­vals and feasts in many Euro­pean coun­tries.


Seven is the mag­i­cal num­ber for Kwan­zaa – the cel­e­bra­tion goes for seven days from De­cem­ber 26 to Jan­uary 1, there are seven spe­cial sym­bols, seven prin­ci­ples to re­flect on and even the name “Kwan­zaa” has seven let­ters! It’s a time for African-Amer­i­can and Pan-African fam­i­lies to com­mem­o­rate their her­itage, com­mu­nity, fam­ily and cul­ture.

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