Winter Holidays

Winter Holidays

Josephine H., Staff Writer

The wintertime is a season of joy and holidays, from the Winter Solstice to Hanukkah. Here are some special winter holidays!

 

  • Christmas

Celebrate Christmas by decorating with candy canes, Santa hats, elves, and snow! Christmas is a time of giving gifts, being happy, singing Christmas carols, and doing things for others. Originally, it was a Christian holiday, but now many non-religious and other religions celebrate Christmas too.

 

  •  Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the “Festival of Lights: and is a Jewish holiday. It’s observed by lighting the nine candles of a menorah. It’s celebrated across the timespan of eight days, this year being from December 10th to December 18th.

 

  • Kwanzaa

 Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of the African culture. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966. It’s celebrated from (this year) December 26th to January 1st.

 

  • Winter Solstice 

 The Winter Solstice (AKA midwinter) occurs when one of Earth’s poles is at its farthest from the sun. Its opposite is the Summer solstice, which occurs half a year later (or earlier, depending on how you look at it). This year, 2020, the Winter Solstice is on December 21st. It’s always around the 21st-22nd of December.

 

  • New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is December 31st, marking the ending of the old year and the beginning of a new one. Traditions include the ball drop in New York City town square, having big parties, and fireworks.