Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday celebrated by Jewish people around the world. Called the "Festival of Lights," Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over Syria that took place more than 2000 years ago. Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, or between late November and late December on the Gregorian calendar. This year, 2001... [click here for more]
What is one of the fastest growing holidays in the United States? It's Kwanzaa, an African American observance that begins on December 26 and ends on January 1. Kwanzaa is based on ancient African harvest celebrations. Kwanzaa is a time for family gatherings, unity, and reflection. Learn about the history and traditions of Kwanzaa in this unit.
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For over 1,000 years, the Swedish people have been celebrating the festival of Santa Lucia on December 13th. This celebration honors a martyred Sicilian saint whose name means "light." Santa Lucia Day is also an old tradition in other Scandinavian countries and in Germany and Italy. Today this winter celebration continues throughout Europe and has migrated to North... [click here for more]
Christmas is coming! You're probably getting ready to decorate the tree, hang your stockings and make your wish list. Did you ever wonder how children in other lands celebrate or observe this holiday? Why do some countries' celebrations last for weeks? What do you do with a buche de Nol? Who's La Befana? Why do some children wait until January 6th to receive their... [click here for more]