Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holidays Around the World

According to the Webster's International Dictionary, 'a holiday is a day on which one is exempt from one's usual labor or vocational activity.' In fact, the word Holiday is derived from 'holy - day', a day to offer prayer or celebrate a religious event. In ancient times, holy days were established to thank the gods for such events as the start of a new year, the coming of spring, and the ripening of the harvest.

Each holiday is observed in its own special way. It may call for joyous feasting, solemn fasting, or some other means of expression. Whatever the celebration, holidays are anticipated eagerly, remembered fondly, and celebrated differently by country or region. A program . There are 193 holidays celebrated throughout the world! Some of the major holidays celebrated are listed below.

Thanksgiving is a day set aside each year for giving thanks to God for blessing received. Families and friends gather together in feasting and prayer. The fourth Thursday of November in each year observed as Thanksgiving in U.S. and Canada. For more information, click here.

Christmas is a Christian holiday observed on December 25th for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. On this day, many people go to church where they participate in religious services.
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Hanukkah is the Jewish Feast Lights of Feast Dedication. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means dedication. The Hanukkah holiday begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (approximately December) and last eight days. See Hanukkah Activities for children for more information.

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days. The word Kwanzaa means first fruits in Kiswahill, an East African Language. See Kwanzaa Fun for Kids for more information.

New Years Day is a day to greet the new year with hope and happiness. For more information click here.

Kidworks Touring Theatre Co. will perform the holiday traditions program, Holidays Around the World, on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Des Plaines Public Library. Please join us for a great program!

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