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Copy of Christmas Around the World

Winter celebrations around the world.
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rachel torres

on 13 December 2012

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A popular game is spinning the dreidel. It has a four-sided top with Hebrew letters written on each side. You spin the dreidel and bet on which Hebrew letter will be show when it stops spinning. Children usually play for a pot of gelt, which are chocolate coins covered in gold colored tin foil, but they can also play for candy, nuts, raisins – anything really! Holidays Around
the
World Mexico Russia China Japan Holland Here in the United States we have inherited customs, traditions, and legends that are actually from many diverse cultures. We celebrate in every possible way! Hanukkah, also known as Channukkah, is a 'Festival of Lights' Kwanzaa Just like her people, Christmas in the USA
is a rainbow of culture! We include many of the wonderful activities, songs, and stories from all over the world. Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas on December 25, on which day Jesus Christ was born. They go to Church Decorate a Christmas tree Give each other gifts Have a traditional dinner with families, spending the day together. It is an eight night & day long holiday that begins on the 25th day of Kislev, according to the Hebrew calendar, with the menorah, or eight candles, being lighted up. On the 1st day only one candle is lit This is one of the most important Jewish holidays. and the number increases with each passing day. Because many Jews live in predominately Christian societies, over time Hanukkah has become much more festive and Christmas-like. Jewish children receive gifts for Hanukkah – often one gift for each of the eight nights of the holiday. United States of America Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States to honor universal African heritage and culture. It takes place from December 26 to January 1 every year. Kwanzaa literally means 'First Fruits' and during this time African-American bedeck their homes with vegetables & fruits. A decorative mat on which other symbols are placed, Corn and other crops, a candle holder with seven candles, called a kinara, Kwanzaa symbols include: Homemade gifts are highly prized. An ideal present encourages growth, self-determination, community pride and success. a communal cup for pouring libations.. A poster of the seven principles And a black, red, and green flag. In Mexico Las Posadas is a traditional winter holiday celebrated between December 16 and Dec 24 These are fiestas, which represent Joseph and Mary's arduous pilgrimage on their way to Bethlehem, and there are 9 posadas because they symbolize Mary's 9 months of pregnancy. These processions lead to a different house every night for the culmination of the posada - a fiesta. One game that is often played at Posada parties is Piñata. A piñata is a decorated clay or papier-mâché jar filled with sweets and hung from the ceiling or tree branch. Presents might also be brought by 'El Niñito Dios' (baby Jesus) & Santo Clós (Santa Claus.) Before, gifts were only exchanged on January 6, Dia de los Reyes Magos. Although the custom of putting up a Christmas tree has become very popular, the real Mexican tradition consists of setting up a nativity scene.

These scenes are set up on December 16, but the figure of the Baby Jesus is not put into the manger until December 24, and the Three Kings are added on January 5. On the morning of January 6, all their dreams come true! In the afternoon, family and friends gather to share the "Rosca de Reyes" , which is a traditional wreath-shaped bread that is made only during the first days of January. The official Christmas and New holidays in Russia last from December 31st to January 10th.



The Russian Christmas greeting is
'S Rozhdestvom!'.

Some people fast (don't eat anything) on Christmas Eve, until the first star has appeared in the sky People then eat 'sochivo' or 'kutia' a porridge made from wheat or rice served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit (especially berries and dried fruit like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies!

In the past, some families like to throw a spoonful of sochivo up on the ceiling. If it stuck to the ceiling, some people thought it meant they would have good luck and would have a good harvest!

Following the meal, prayers might be said and people then go to the midnight Church services. They often don't wash the dishes until they get home from Church - sometimes not until 4.00am or 5.00am!

The New Year celebrations are still very important to Russians (sometimes more than Christmas).

This is when - when 'Father Frost' (known in Russian as 'Ded Moroz' or Дед Мороз) brings presents to children. He is always accompanied by his Grandaughter (Snegurochka). On New Year's eve children hold hands, make a circle around the Christmas tree and call for Snegurochka or Ded Moroz. When they appear the star and other lights on the Christmas tree light up! Ded Moroz carries a big magic staff. The traditional greeting for Happy New Year is 'S Novym Godom'.

For most children in Holland, the most important day during the Christmas Celebrations is 5th December, when Sinterklaas brings them their presents!

In Holland, the major celebrations are held on the 5th December. The name Santa Claus comes from the name Sinterklaas.

On December, 5th children leave clogs or shoes out to be filled with presents. Sinterklaas parties are often held on St. Nicholas' Eve (5th), where treasure hunt games are played with poems and riddles giving the clues. Children follow the clues to find little presents left by Sinterklaas. Christmas Day itself is a much quieter day in Holland, with a Church Service and family meal. Many people in The Netherlands also have a Christmas Tree in their houses.

In Dutch Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Prettige Kerstfeest'. New Year celebration is one of the most major events in Japan. New Year's Eve is known as Omisoka in Japan. The Japanese spend a lot of time shopping and cleaning their houses in preparation for the new year. This symbolizes getting rid of the past and starting afresh. The celebration on the New Year's day itself is known as Shogatsu. The Japanese decorate their houses and give their children gifts of toys and money and greeting cards to friends and family. At the stroke of midnight on the 31st December, there are bells ringing in the Buddhist temples for a total of 108 times. After the ringing of the bells, there is a feast of soba noodles, which everyone partakes. In Chinese Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Sheng Dan Kuai Le or ' in Mandarin and 'Seng Dan Fai Lok or ' in Cantonese Chinese New Year is the Chinese version of Christmas in China. Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most offices, schools and shops remain open
The Chinese Christmas trees are called "Trees of Light In China and Taiwan, Santa is called (shèngdànlǎorén) and, instead of elves, he is often accompanied in Taiwan with his sisters, young women dressed in elf or red and white skirts. Traditional Christmas dinners are known as East-meets-West- the (bā bǎo yā, eight treasures duck) Chinese version of a stuffed turkey. It is a whole duck stuffed with diced chicken, smoked ham, peeled shrimp, fresh chestnuts, bamboo shoots, dried scallops and mushrooms stir-fried with slightly undercooked rice, soy sauce, ginger, spring onions, white sugar and rice wine. The meal had more in common with a Chinese New Year's banquet than a traditional Christmas dinner. Give friends and relatives red envelopes containing lucky money as a gift for the Chinese New Year.
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