The Holiday Season! By Layara Speech

    Have you been waiting for the holiday season to come? Have you been itching to put up your Christmas tree, to spin a dreidel, or to light a kinara? Well, the time has come to celebrate whatever holiday you and your family celebrate!


     Christmas is a holiday that begins on the twenty fifth of December. This holiday is talked about and celebrated by so many people. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Religious people might put up a nativity scene, or and a Christmas tree.Other people might put up a Christmas tree also or stockings. They might also drink hot coco, put presents underneath the tree, or go around singing Christmas carols. There are plenty of ways you could celebrate Christmas, and there are plenty of festive decorations you could put up!


   Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated by Jewish people. The eight-day celebration brings on the twelfth of December, and ends on the twentieth. This holiday commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. A menorah with candles are lit up with a shammash as each day passes. A shammash is the candle that is the tallest standing candle in the menorah. A game with a dreidel is also played. Gifts are also given on each night of Hanukkah.  


     Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated by East Africans and African Americans. This seven day holiday is celebrating African and African American culture and history. A kinara, a candle holder is used during Kwanzaa. There are three red candles on the left, three greens candles on the right, and one black candle in the middle. The black candle is lit first, and will alternate between the red and green candles as the days pass. There are seven symbols used during Kwanzaa, and each symbol represents, Mkeka: a mat. Mazao: fruits and vegetables. Muhindi: ears of corn. Kinara: a candle holder. Mishumaa saba: the seven candles. Kikombe cha umoja: the unity cup. Zawadi: the gifts.

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