We tend to think of winter as a time of rest, hibernation, and quiet. But a look at the calendar of events around the world proves that impression entirely wrong. The cold months are clearly a popular time for parties and celebrations. While some are filled with solemn tradition, others focus on fun and frolic. All pose opportunities for interesting and real-life lessons in geography, culture, history and religion.
With the help of She Knows, Scholastic and National Geographic Kids, we’ve compiled a list of several fascinating traditions celebrated around the world in the coming weeks and months. We invite you to share these with your family and hope they inspire some further discussion and learning with some related activities. Enjoy the tour:
For eight days each November or December (this year, beginning November 28), Jews light a special candleholder called a menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day's worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple. On Hanukkah, many Jews also eat special potato pancakes called latkes, sing songs, and spin a top called a dreidel to win chocolate coins, nuts, or raisins.
Eid Al Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice