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Diwali

What is Diwali?

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most vibrant and exciting Hindu celebrations.
Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) celebrates Ibrahim's obedience to God in nearly sacrificing his son Ishmael.
Dating back to the times of Genghis Kahn, Naadam features fierce five-year-old horse racers, women archers and 512 hefty wrestlers.
Ramadan is the largest month of celebration for Muslims.
Tanabata is the Japanese star festival. To celebrate, people write their wishes on strips of colored paper called tanzaku.
Although synonymous in the minds of many with sausage and beer, this family-friendly festival attracts over six million people annually.

Hanukkah: December 1

Hanukkah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews defeated the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks).
St. Nicholas Day is a popular celebration for many children across Europe. St. Nicholas is the predecessor to Santa Claus and has a reputation for his generosity.
Armenian Christmas, also known as Theophany, is celebrated one day before the Orthodox Christmas. Although Armenia follows the Gregorian calendar, when the Romans changed the date of Christmas to December 25 in the fourth century, Armenians held to the original January 6th date.
The Japanese New Year, shogatsu, spans several days from December 31st to January 3rd. It is the most important holiday of the year in Japan.

Celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha

Ayyam-i-Ha is a period of hospitality, charity, and gift-giving for Baha'is.
The Chinese New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year in China. It takes place on the first day of the first new moon after the winter solstice in the lunar calendar. Socially, it is a time for being with friends and relatives and the greater significance is of flushing out the old and welcoming in the new.

Holi: March 8

Holi is the Indian festival of colors. It is the celebration of the beginning of spring and represents rejuvenation and rebirth through all of the bright colors associated with the festival.
Nowruz, the Persian New Year, falls on the first day of spring of the solar calendar.

Easter: April 8

While the deep religious significance of Easter is the same worldwide, the traditions of how Easter is celebrated vary.
Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi) is a joyful festival celebrating the founding of the Sikh community known as the Khalsa.
Vesak (also known as Wesak) commemorates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. Casually the holiday is often referred to as the “Buddha’s birthday.”
Children’s Day is a South Korean national holiday celebrating, you guessed right, children.
The Midsummer festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice—the longest day of the year (June 21).
Akin to the national holiday of Quebec, Saint Jean Baptiste Day is a celebration of Francophone culture in Canada.
Nestled in the Andean highlands, quiet Peruvian villages become teeming centers of dance, music, and merrymaking.
Enkutatash, the Ethiopian New Year, marks the end of the rainy reason and the beginning of the spring sunshine.
Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a well-known holiday that, despite its motif of death, is a celebration of the lives of loved ones who have passed away.
December is the month where the kachinas, the spirits that guard over the Hopi, come down from their world at the winter solstice or Soyal. They remain with the people for the first half of year until the summer solstice.
Christmas is just one marker on the festive path through the holidays that culminates in Three Kings Day (El Dia de los Reyes Magos also known as Epiphany).
The Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year across many Asian countries.

Imbolc: February 1-2

Imbolc is a pagan holiday celebrated in Ireland and Scotland.
Passover is one of the most important holidays of the Jewish year.
The 12-day festival Ridvan (Paradise) celebrates the founding of the Baha’i faith.
Uma Krishnaswami’s book “Holi” is a non-fiction book, sparse in text and generous in color and information. When, why, how and where, are all covered in clear, unassuming language.
Here are five fun ways to fuss over our planet today including gardening and making a commitment to something green. Our Earth is worth it!
Tanabata is the Japanese star festival. To celebrate, people write their wishes on strips of colored paper called tanzaku.
Ramadan is the largest month of celebration for Muslims.
One of the challenges of living abroad is combining the traditions of your home culture with the traditions of your new country. Have you ever tried to hold a traditional American Thanksgiving in Kerala or a 10-year-old's birthday party in Osaka? Although there are ways to combine traditions, sometimes you just want your own type of celebration, like a Canadian Mother's Day instead of a Chinese one.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a popular traditional Chinese festival, probably the second biggest one after the Spring Festival.
Looking for some global inspiration for Halloween this year? One of these is sure to be the hit of the night.
See the beautiful celebrations around the world beyond Halloween and pumpkins.
Martin Luther King Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year in the U.S. (his birthday is January 15) and celebrates his life and vision.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with dragon crowns, Vietnamese spring rolls, lesson plans that don't stereotype and much more!
Find out the history as well as why "Black History Month" is a more accurate term than "African-American History Month."
Crafts, recipes, books, games and more to make the most of this joyful Baha'i celebration.
Juneteenth is an American holiday that is celebrated in honor of the legal abolition of slavery.
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