Winter Holidays To Know

Jakyra Smith

Do you know that Christmas and New Years are not the only holidays in winter? There are a few more holidays that hardly anyone ever talks about. There are holidays such as Hanukkah, Saint Nicholas Day, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Yule, Mardi Gras and etc. These holidays are from different cultures, which make it even more interesting.

Hanukkah is an eight day celebration, in which Jewish people light a candle holder called a menorah. This celebration commemorates the rededication(Ceremony praising someone/something) of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt. Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6, to show respect to St. Nicholas, a man who gave all his money to those who were in need. This holiday is celebrated in most Western Christian countries. Las Posadas is a Mexican holiday, which takes place between December 16th- December 24th to honor the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated from December 26th to January 1. This holiday celebrates African culture and community. Yule is a holiday celebrated from December 21st to January 1. This holiday is observed by Germanic people and is the festival of the nativity of Jesus Christ. Mardi Gras is a well known holiday from January 6th until February 13th. This celebrates the last night of eating rich before the fastening of the Lenten season.

There are way more holidays that take place in the winter. This goes to show you that there is a huge difference between our culture and other cultures in the world. We’re used to just Christmas and New Years, which aren’t the only two holidays in winter. It would be great if you would research and learn more

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