Friday, November 18, 2016

Holidays


As the first semester draws slowly to an end, holiday traditions start to creep out. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is much to celebrate, and generous amounts of time to spend with family and friends. Traditions vary from country to country, state to state, and even from household to household. Many people do not celebrate Thanksgiving nor Christmas, but rather Hanukah, Diwali, or Kwanzaa. There is also New Years' Eve, and Chinese New Year.

Most holidays were founded on either the celebration of our ancestors, or showing gratitude for their actions. Many people across the globe think of Christmas as a holiday where you exchange gifts, tell stories about Santa Claus, and have a large meal with family and friends. However, Christmas has a great importance to Christians, and has a deeper meaning to along with it. This is true with many other religious holidays.

There are multiple religions in the world. I will talk about three that are the most popular around the world : Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. Christians celebrate Christmas. They celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, their savior. Traditionally a Christian family would go to Church on Christmas Eve, and listen to a special mass unique to that day. Christmas Eve is on December 24th, and Christmas Day is December 25th.  Hindus celebrate Diwali. Diwali is a five-day festival often called The Festival of Lights. It celebrated the victory of good over evil, light over dark. This usually takes place in October, or November. In 2016 it took place on the week of October 20th. Muslims do not celebrate Christmas or Diwali because it goes against their beliefs. They do not have a holiday of religious importance in this particular season, but they do have one in the summer. It is called Ramadan. The specific time of this holiday varies as it is based on the Islamic calendar. It is meant to celebrate the month when the Prophet Mohammed received the disclosure on which the Muslim Holy Book is founded upon. The Muslims would fast during this month because they believe if they do so their soul will be purified, and this would show respect to the Prophet.

As you have read holidays bring many new and contrasting traditions worldwide, and can symbolize many different things. In my opinion, it is important to learn about them all not only for interest but also so that we can understand one another as people.

http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/christmas-traditions-worldwide

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