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Ways in Which Religions Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Other Holidays

Ways in Which Religions Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Other Holidays

 

In America, when one talks about the holiday season, one associates it with Christmas and Hanukkah. However, have you ever given a thought about other religions, apart from Judaism and Christianity?

 

If you hold an interest to learn about the religious holidays that are enjoyed by other religions, take a look below.

 

Hindus

 

Throughout the year, Hindus celebrate various festivals. However, Diwali or the Festival of lights is celebrated with great grandeur. The date of this festival changes every year, depending on the Hindu Lunar calendar.

 

Sikhs

 

Sikhs observe the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. On this birthday, of Guru Nanak the Sikh Holy Book is read repeatedly over 48 hours.

 

Shintoists

 

They celebrate Labor Thanksgiving Day, which is actually a modernized version of Niiname Sai Festival. It is celebrated on 23rd November.

 

Buddhists

 

For Buddhists, 8th December is observed as Bodhi Day. Basically, it marks the day when Lord Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment. Buddhists spend this day by eating cakes and tea, while quietly going through the sayings of Lord Buddha. In order to celebrate unity, some people decorate trees with ornaments.

 

Jews

 

Jews observe Hanukkah and they illuminate branched candelabra known as the menorah that shines brightly. It tries to celebrate the victory of the Jewish people against religious persecution. The celebration of Hanukkah is an eight day one and it tries to remember the consecrate of the Second Temple in Jerusalem on second century BC.

 

Christians

 

For Christians, Christmas is a holy celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in the human world. It tries to mark the fulfillment of prophecy of a divine savior coming to Earth to save human beings from their sins.