World holidays

Diwali: According to BBC, it is a five-day festival of lights holiday that is celebrated in the fall, Hindus around the world. The cause of celebration is to honor Lakshmi, the wealth god. This holiday is the time for spring-cleaning, wearing new clothes, decorating with fancy lights, exchanging gifts, and huge firework displays.

Hanukkah: In an article from BBC, it is an eight-day commemoration in the Jewish religion, symbolizing the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees after the victory over the Syrians. One candle is lighted every day on the Hanukkah (an eight-stemmed candleholder). The Hanukkah symbolizes how God looked after the Jewish people during that difficult time.

Ramadan: BBC says that it is a month of daily fasting during the day time for Muslims that rounds off the holiday Edi al-Fitr. It is a time to give up bad habits, by developing self-discipline and by reading the Qur’an and praying. Muslims do not only celebrate the end of fasting with the holiday Edi al-Fitr, but thanking Allah for the help and strength he gave them throughout the fasting process. The festival begins when the new moon is sighted, where a lot of activities outside and inside of  Mosques take place. A meal is held, during the day, signifying the first meal consumed during the day that the Muslims have had all month. Edi al-Fitr is aldo a time to forgive, dress your finest, give children gifts, spend time with friends and family, and give to charity.

Kwanzaa:The history channel says that it is a seven-day celebration of African culture and heritage. Each of the seven nights a family gathers, and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles are discussed. These seven principles are called Nguzo Saba in Swahili. They are the values of African culture that contributes to the structure of community among African Americans. Each of the Nguzo Saba have a symbol that ties in with each one, teaching something else on each day

Chinese New Year is a 15-day long celebration starting with the first New Moon of the new year, which is January 28th, next year. It is a time of reunion and thanksgiving. It originally was celebrated as a religious ceremony for Heaven and Earth, the house gods, and the family ancestors. The ancestors are greatly respected and thanked, for laying down the foundation for the glory and fortune for the family. The red envelope, 中国亲斤年, is exchanged towards unmarried children. Money is put in, depending on who you are and how old you may be. The colour red is considered lucky and symbolizes happiness and energy. Those who give the envelopes wish the new year will bring more blessings and happiness to the receiver.