At a time when the Islamic community celebrates the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha every year, other nations and peoples celebrate festivals and days related to each other’s beliefs, and at other times to mark an occasion. Also, some occasions were established according to someone’s point of view, and over time he was able to gain the support of a group of fans or followers, as is the case with the “kwamza”.
This report deals with a number of global holidays in different continents that are held during the days and nights of December, which is the last month of the Gregorian year, according to the “Worlds of the Worker” website concerned with the tourism, travel and education industry.
The “Christmas” occasion is considered the most important occasion for many cultures that share the same belief, yet Christmas traditions differ from one country to another.
While Americans celebrate the occasion by buying Christmas trees, visits by “Santa Claus” and the snowy landscapes, the occasion falls on the Australians during the summer. Like Americans, Australians decorate their homes with a “Christmas bush”, a small native Australian tree with small green leaves and flowers that turn red during the summer. In Britain, Christmas traditions are mostly similar to American customs.
At the same time, the Icelandic capital “Reykjavik” turns into a wonderland during the winter holidays through the large Christmas market, where children meet Santas characters, known as Yule Lads, and during the 13 days before Christmas, these characters leave many gifts inside Small shoes are left on the sills and windows of Icelandic homes.
Hanukkah, or Hanukkah, is a Jewish celebration that lasts 8 days and is also known as the Festival of Lights for adherents of the Jewish faith.
The celebration of Hanukkah begins on the 25th of the month of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. The celebration centers on lighting the menorah candles on each of the eight nights of the holiday by adding another candle to the menorah every time after sunset for the eight days. In addition, the ninth candle, called “Al Shamsh”, meaning (Musaed) is used to light other candles. During the celebration days, some traditional fried foods are served, such as potato pancakes (latex) and donuts filled with jam (sauvagniot), and other Hanukkah customs include playing and exchanging gifts.
The “Kwanzaa” festival, which extends 7 days, is considered one of the new holidays that are not related to a specific religious occasion. In 1966, the American citizen of African origin, Karinga, established an American cultural organization in the wake of the riots that took place in Los Angeles. Karinga began by researching the traditions of the “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations, an African celebration, and then incorporating the traditions of several different African harvest ceremonies to form the basis of the kwanza festival. The name (kwanza) is derived from the Swahili phrase “matonda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits.” On Kwanzaa, every family celebrates the holiday in their own way, but the celebrations often include moas, dances, beating African drums, storytelling and poetry reading. The celebration also includes an African feast called “Karamo”, which means “dignity” in Arabic, to emphasize human dignity.
The Giving Day event is held on December 26th every year, but it is only celebrated in a few countries. The idea of the occasion originated in the United Kingdom during the Middle Ages, where on this day alms and collection funds are opened for the poor, which are often kept inside churches so that their content is distributed to the poor. This tradition continues in a number of regions, in which church servants are also given a day off to celebrate Christmas with their families. Giving Day has become a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Omisuka New Year’s Eve is the second most important day of the year in Japanese tradition, being the last day of last year and New Years Eve.
Japanese families gather during Omesuka for one last time last year for the “Toshikoshi soba” or “Toshikoshi udon,” a Japanese tradition in which celebrants eat long noodle dishes as a cultural sign of “passing from year to year.”
During midnight, the Japanese visit Hatsumōde, where Japanese Shinto shrines are buried.