Behind the Break

By Michelle Gallipeau ’11The days are getting shorter and colder but everyone knows what that means… BREAK! As Govs gets ready for the holiday break, I myself wanted to fresh up on the holidays celebrated in different religions and cultures. Here are a few:

Buddhism

Bodhi Day

December 8th – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Guatama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).

Christianity

Christmas

-Christmas is a holiday that commemorates Jesus’ birth.
-Epiphany is twelve days after Christmas, on January sixth. It remembers the visit of three wise men to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.

Judaism

Hanukkah

-December 1st – December 8th
-Series of lighting candles over nights (Menorah)
-Traditions à eating latkes, gold wrapped chocolate coins called gelt, playing dreidel

Islam

Ramadan

Each year, Muslims spend a month in daytime fasting, during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar called Ramadan.

Hajj

Each year during the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, millions of Muslims make an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia called Hajj.

Sources:

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002592/Christianity.htm
http://islam.about.com/od/holidays/f/holidays.htm

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