Friday, December 3, 2010

Guide to Winter Holidays

Not sure what to say to people instead of "Merry Christmas"? Here are a few of the other celebrations going on this time of year.

Hanukkah December 1-9

A minor Jewish holiday with some confusing history. It is not covered in the Bible.

Kwanzaa December 26-January 1

An African American celebration

Solstice December 21 6:38pm

The shortest day of the year. A turning point from increasing darkness to increasing light. Formerly celebrated as the feast of Saturnalia by the Romans and by burning the Yule log in ancient Britian.

St. Lucia Day December 13

Celebrated in Sweden for the patron of light.

Bodhi day December 8

Buddhist commemoration of the Buddha’s enlightenment, after sitting under a Bodhi tree.

Eid-Al-Adha January 10-13

A Muslim feast following their pilgrimage to Mecca.

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