Holidays of the Season


Christmas is most celebrated by Christians. Christmas Eve is on December 24 and Christmas Day is December 25. During Christmas, some traditions that are common are decorating a Christmas tree, opening presents from Santa Claus, and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Some people go caroling around neighborhoods to spread Christmas cheer and others make gingerbread houses to symbolize family. Christmas movies and songs are a huge part of the Christmas season as well.


Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish people that rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean revolt. Some common Hanukkah traditions are playing a game called Dreidel, lighting the menorah candles each day and eating gelt. Gelt are chocolate gold coins which means money in Hebrew.


Dwali is one of the most common major religious festivals within the religions Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. This holiday lasts five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month, Ashvina, to the second day of the light half of the lunar month, Karttika. The most widespread custom is the lighting of diyas, which is a small lamp they light each of the 13 days. During Diwali there are many traditions. People dress in colorful clothing, have a large feast, and do a gift exchange and light lots of candles around their house.