Christmas doesn’t get all the fun

Hannukah, Kwanzaa just a few other holidays celebrated during the winter months

Daneris Juarbe, Reporter

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In December people celebrate many traditions. People of different religions and origins come together to celebrate in their own unique ways.

Even though Christmas is the most common tradition celebrated in December there are many more that are known and celebrated by many all around the world.

Hanukkah is a holiday that Jewish people celebrate in order to honor the Maccabees’ victory over King Antiochus. Hanukkah follows the lunar cycle and this year will be celebrated December 2 through December 10.

Another tradition in December that people all around the world celebrate is winter solstice. Winter solstice happens on either December 20, 21, 22 or 23 in the Northern Hemisphere and is the shortest day of the year. Many years ago people used to celebrate by lighting candles and bonfires to coax back the sun.

From December 26 through January 1 Kwanzaa is celebrated by African American families. They commemorate African heritage with family and friends and exchange gifts and red, black and green candles, which symbolize unity, self-determination, collective work, and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

And then, of course, there is New Year’s Eve, which is on December 31. New Year’s eve is often celebrated with fireworks and is also known all throughout the world. People come together to celebrate going into a new year with their close relatives and friends.

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