Come on, Join the Celebration!

by Taara S. and Krissy D.

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Feasts and festivals are special times of celebrations. Most of them take place once a year. Many festivals honor great leaders, saints, gods, and spirits. They can even just celebrate joy. Some celebrate historical events. During some festivals adults take a break from their jobs, and children stay home from school. Some celebrate by decorating homes, wearing special clothes, and exchanging gifts. Festivals bring love and happiness to life. Many festivals are celebrated by children and adults at Guggenheim School.

Judaism celebrates many festivals. Included is a holiday called Chanukah, which is a festival of lights. It is when you light one candle per night. There are eight nights in Chanukah. People who celebrate often get a present per night. Jessie S. says, “When I celebrate Chanukah, I light a candle a night and say a prayer.”

In Christianity, festivals include Christmas and Easter. Christians celebrate both feasts and festivals, which are in church and at home.

In Hinduism, Hindus hold festivals to honor each of the hundreds of Hindu gods and goddesses. One of the most important festivals in Hinduism is called Dipivali. Holi, the spring festival, is a celebration in which people throw colored water at one another. Diwali is when people honor several Hindu gods and goddesses by dancing and praying. At this time of year, Hindus decorate their houses with lights.

Followers of Islam are Muslims. Their most important festival is Ramadan. While celebrating Ramadan, Muslims avoid food and drink from dawn to sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calender. It is a time of worship and faith.

For Irish people, one of the most popular festivals is St. Patrick’s Day. It is a holiday honoring Saint Patrick. It is the festival of peace and love. A shamrock is considered to be lucky.

One of the most popular festivals in China is the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is a very old celebration where it is a time of repaying debts, enjoying feasts, and giving lucky money in red envelopes to friends, relatives, and ancestors. They are given in red envelopes because Chinese people believe the color red was very lucky.

In Buddhism, Buddhists hold two kinds of festivals. One of the festivals they hold is the events in the life of Buddha. Another festival is Buddha’s birthday, which is celebrated by decorating temples with flowers and pouring sweet tea over the statue of Buddha.

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday. It was first celebrated on December 26,1966. Kwanzaa is traditionally celebrated from December 26 - January 1, each day by lighting a candle of faith, hope, etc. Matunda Ya Kwanza means “first fruits.”

So you see, there are many festivals in the world. Now you have a learned a little bit about some of them. All are different and special in their own ways, and many of them are celebrated by your friends at Guggenheim School.


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