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Winter Celebrations



ShareAmerica * [] identifies a few of the many winter celebrations that folks of our diverse country celebrate throughout the season besides:

Christmas – December 25, 2018 and New Year, January 1, 2019

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♦  Loy Krathong
November 22, 2018

From Thailand: “The full moon nights of the eleventh and twelfth lunar months...are the days of "Loi Krathong." Loi is "to float" and Krathong is a "leaf cup" usually made of banana leaf. . . Loi Krathong is. . . the floating of lights in a leaf cup…. It is the time of rejoicing for the weather is fair after the rains.” [11/18]

From "Loy Krathong Celebration [Photograph]," in Children and Youth in History, Item #376, (accessed November 30, 2018).

♦  Hanukkah (Chanukah) Festival of Lights
December 2 – 10, 2018

Chanukah is an eight day holiday which begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews against persecution and religious oppression. In addition to being victorious in war, another miracle occurred: When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days. From

♦  Las Posadas (The Inns)
December 16 – 24, 2018

Las Posadas is a nine day celebration that commemorates Mary’s nine months of carrying Jesus in the womb. The traditional Mexican celebration has deep roots in Spanish Catholicism and Aztec culture. The celebration recreates the scene of Joseph and Mary searching for shelter in Bethlehem

 From   Written by Katy Lichon, Ph.D. on Tuesday, 08 December 2015.

♦  Kwanzaa
December 26, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. Kwanzaa builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African "first fruit" celebrations: ingathering; reverence; commemoration; recommitment; and celebration.
From Official Kwanzaa website

♦  Russian Orthodox Christmas
January 7, 2019

Russian Christmas is celebrated in the United States in a similar manner to other Christmas celebrations with family, devotion, special foods, church, but the date is Jnauray 7th in respect of the old 'Julian' calendar for religious celebration days.

♦  Mawlidal-Nabi
November 20, 2018
November 9 , 2019

Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is considered an important and auspicious day amongst Muslims. Muslims commemorate this day, which is also known as Maulidur Rasul or Maulud Nabi, by sending their blessings to Prophet Muhammad with recitations of praises and blessings (marhaban). Talks are held in mosques in conjunction with the occasion, and Muslim organisations commemorate the life history of the prophet’s exemplary good character. From

♦ Lunar New Year
Tuesday, February 5 2019 Year of the Pig

Lunar or Chinese New Year celebrations vary but include an important family dinner, fireworks, red decorations, parades, and other traditions.


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