The meaning behind the season
Anna Bailey, Writer
Hanukkah, Nov. 28-Dec. 6
Hanukkah, The Jewish Festival of Rededication or the Festival of lights is an eight day celebration remembering the rededication of the second holy Jewish temple in Jerusalem in two B.C. This temple was the main place of worship for Jewish people at the time. There was only enough oil to keep the Temple’s menorah, one of the most important ritual objects, lit for one day. Each day in the eight-day ...
Bodhi Day, Dec. 8
This day is marked to be the moment that Siddhartha Gautama, it is believed by Buddhists that Gautama is the founder of enlightenment, achieved enlightenment and became the Buddha or ‘awakened one’. On this day, Buddhists will meditate, study the universal truth of law, chant Buddhist texts and perform acts of kindness toward others.
Christmas, Dec. 25
Although this day is celebrated by many people of different religions around the world, it originated from Christianity. Christians believe that this is the day Jesus, who Christians believe to be the son of God, was born. His parents, the Virgin Mary and Joseph, were chosen by God to be the earthly parents of Jesus.
Kwanzaa, Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Primarily celebrated by African Americans, is a seven day celebration, each day of the celebration is dedicated to one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. These principles are unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.