Winter holidays of nations of the world
Winter holidays , basically, are connected with religious holidays which are marked in all the world . We will be reverted on five thousand years ago in a human history, during seasons of winter rest with rich traditions, folklore, customs and celebratings.
Many holidays are marked in the winter, in December. The majority of them are connected with a winter solstice, especially in northern hemisphere. It because because of an inclination of a terrestrial axis, in December the shortest days and the longest nights. The roots in northern hemisphere have the majority of winter traditional holidays.
Here some of winter holidays which are marked in the world:
Christmas: Christians-Catholics of all world celebrate this winter holiday on December, 25th, orthodox Christians - on January, 7th. They go to church, decorate a fur-tree, give one another gifts, have a traditional family supper.
Day St. Ljusya: It is the winter holiday marked on December, 13th in Sweden in honour of Sacred Ljusya, living in the third century and considered as the patron of light. Young girls put on in white long dresses with red belts, and carry wreaths with the ignited candles.
Channukkah: Also it is known as a Khanuka, it is one of the most important Jewish holidays. The history of this holiday conducts the chronicle of the Jewish people marking revolt against repressing and assimilation of the Judaism.
Kwanzaa: means "the First fruits" literally, it is based on an ancient holiday of a crop in Africa which marks such things, as collective responsibility and work; self-determination; cooperation; the purposes, creativity, belief and unity. Celebrating begins on December, 26th and is finished on January, 1st during which time the Afro-Americans decorate the houses vegetables and fruit.
Day Bodhi: It is celebrated by Buddhists on December, 8th in honour of an enlightenment of the Buddha. It is considered the most important holiday of Buddhists.
Lunar New year: It is the fortnight winter holiday marked in the end of January or the beginning of February by Vietnameses, Koreans and Chineses. People dress the best clothes and interchange gifts and a foodstuff.
Id-al-Adha: It is a holiday which is marked from outside Moslems after their pilgrimage to Mecca which lasts within three days, and begins on January, 10th. This celebrating of readiness of Ibragima to sacrifice the son Ismaila, at will of God. Moslems consider Ismaila as the forefather of Arabs.
La-Posadas: It is a traditional holiday of winter it is celebrated in Mexico between December, 16th and on December, 24th. In English language the term of La Posadas is transferred as ' Inn ' (hotel), and, hence, it is a performance of search by Joseph places for a lodging for the night. Thus, before each Christmas, there is a procession with dolls which represent the Christ, as the child, and images to Maria and Joseph on a small donkey who goes on city streets.
The Japanese New year: New year Omisoka is one of the most important events in Japan. Japanese spend a lot of time for buying and cleaning of the houses within the limits of preparation for new year. It symbolises disposal of the past and the beginning of the new. Japanese decorate the houses and give to the children gifts - toys and money, and congratulatory cards for friends and a family.