Holidays Around TheWorld Miss.Suluki
Hanukkah • A Jewish holiday • When translated Hanukkah means “dedication” • It is also called the “Festival of Lights” • Last for 8 days and nights • Starts on 25th day of Kislev • Celebrates the Maccabees reclaiming the temple on Jerusalem's Mount Moriah in 165 BCE
How Hanukkah is Celebrated • Each evening of Hanukkah one candle is lit on the Menorah • Families sing Hanukkah song’s while watching the candles burn • Latkes fried in oil, jelly doughnuts and many other treats fried in oil are enjoyed • Children play with Dreidels a four sided "top"
Kwanzaa • An African American cultural feast • Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", • When translated means "first fruits". • Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1 • It was Created by Ron Karenga in 1966 as the first African-American holiday • There are seven symbols of Kwanzaa straw mat, candle holder, seven candles, corn, unity cup, crops, gifts
How Kwanzaa is celebrated • Each night an elder pours a libation of juice or wine from the unity cup onto the ground to honor the ancestors • One candle for the principle to be celebrated that day is lit on the Kinara, starting with the black candle • Each candle represents “The Seven Principles of Blackness: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima,Nia,Kumbaa,Imani • A gift is given each day to reinforce the principle of the day • The Karamu is held on the last night December 31st • It is celebrated with food, gifts, storytelling, and African music.
Eid Al-Fitr • A Muslim feast • When Eid Al-Fitr is translated it means “Celebration of the Breaking of Fast” • It is a three day celebration commemorating the ending of Ramadan • During the month of Ramadan Muslims fast from sun up to sun down • It is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawall