Since it's a Sunday #3

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So in the last one of these I talked about Advent and what Christians are doing this season. But what about everyone else?


THE JEWISH FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Hanukkah (meaning 'dedication') lasts for eight days beginning on the 25th of Kislev (November-December). It celebrates the victory about 2100 years ago, of Judah the Maccabee over the Syrian tyrant Antiochus, after three years of war. 
High Point University Hanukkah Dinner
Judah and his followers returned to Jerusalem and reclaimed the Temple. Upon their return they looked for oil but could only find one small cruse of oil (only enough for one day). However, when they lit the temple menorah with it a miracle happened. The menorah burned for eight days. Ever since then Jews have celebrated the success of the Maccabees and this divine miracle. Each night they light a candle and gifts are given. 



ISLAMIC FESTIVAL - RAMADAN
 Now I know this festival isn't actually at Christmas time, Muslims celebrate Ramadan in the summer, however it is a major festival so worth mentioning. Muslims at Christmas sometimes give presents and celebrate the day but often there are no celebrations around advent and Christmsd so I thought I would write about Ramadan instead.
Muslims across the globe celebrate Ramadan which is a celebration marking the month the prophet Mohammed is believed to have had their holy boo, the Koran, revealed to him by God. It is in the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar and happens at the first sighting of the moon in Ramadan. This celebration happens around the same time as the Christmas period. 
This is a period of fasting where food can only be eaten when the sun sets. Dates are also eaten because these were supposedly eaten by Mohammed at the end of each day. The days are spent in prayer and reflection. 

THE BIRTHDAY OF KRISHNA
KrishnaHindus celebrate the 25th of December as the birthday of the Hindu God Krishna, as well as Mithra, the Greek god of light. Krishna is recognised as the eighth avatar of the Supreme God Vishnu. Krishna is one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Hindu deities. 

There are also various other festivals over this festive season but I think I have covered the main few. If I have missed any that you feel should be there then let me know. 

Have a wonderful wintery week, 

The Clumsy Wordshaker


http://www.highpoint.edu/blog/2012/12/hpu-students-celebrate-hanukkah-jewish-traditions/
http://islam.ru/en/content/story/quran-verses-about-ramadan-and-fasting
http://www.yogananda.com.au/gurus/krishna01.html

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