December: A Busy Month for All Religions.

Maddy Mitchem, Reporter

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     Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25. They celebrate the 25 of December as Christ’s birthday. Churches have Christmas plays and dinners. Catholic Churches will have a midnight mass on the night of Christmas. Christians and Catholics both sing carols and buy trees so they can decorate them. 

     Jews celebrate Hanukkah. This December it’ll start on Sunday, December 22nd and ends on Monday, December 30th. For Jewish people this celebrates their ancestors’ eight day uprising against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. A nine branched candle holder, or menorah is placed on a table. Each evening one candle is lit and added to the menorah. The candle in the very middle of all, is lit first. It is called the ‘helper’ because it is used to light the other eight candles. Many games and food are played and eaten during this time. A popular game piece is ‘dreidle’. It four sided, almost like a die, but it has a point at the bottom of it to spin on the ground or table. It also has a handle on the top of it. 

     Many Hindus in America have adjusted to American culture and around Christmas time they participate in gift giving festivities and Christmas parties. The Hindus in India celebrate this time of year very differently. There is a five day holiday called, ‘Pancha Ganapati.’ It starts on the 21st of December. They celebrate the Elephant-head lord of new beginnings and of culture. They have a huge feast, hang up lights, decorate, give gifts, picnics, and so on. The most important thing they do is set up a Ganesha statue and dress the statue each day in the colors, blue, yellow, orange, green, and red. 

     Christians and Buddhists are almost alike in they way they celebrate. Buddhists practice peace at this time, and hang up ornaments and decorate. They send cards to their loved ones. Buddhists will also listen to Christmas music. 

     Around the world there are many different religions. Some celebrate Christmas, some have their own holiday(s) just as important as Christmas is for Christians. Every religion knows that the end of the colander marks a new beginning.