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Tis the Season for Celebrations.....
Christmas - December 25
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25. The story of Christmas is based on the biblical accounts given in the Gospel of Matthew. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. The birth took place in a stable surrounded by farm animals and the infant Jesus was laid in a manger.
The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131. In Dutch it is Kerst-misse, in Latin Dies Natalis, whence comes the French Noel, and Italian Il natale; in German Weihnachtsfest, from the preceeding sacred vigil. The term Yule is of disputed origin. It is unconnected with any word meaning "wheel". The name in Anglo-Saxon was geol, feast: geola, the name of a month (cf. Icelandic iol a feast in December).
Christmas is celebrated all over the world and in different ways in different countries. New traditions are always being started including the famous Santa Claus. To see how Christmas is celebrated around the world visit www.history.com and for the evolution of Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) see these pages.
For an excellent history about christmas visit www.newadvent.org.
Hanukkah - December 6 - December 14
Hanukkah (Chanukah) also known as the Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the hebrew calendar, which may fall anytime from late November to late December. This year, 2014, it falls from sunset December 16 to sunset December 24. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by Judas Maccabee in 165 BC after the Temple had been profaned by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of Syria and overlord of Palestine.
It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. Unlike some of the other Jewish holidays, which require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation, it is easy to celebrate.
Kwanzaa - December 26 - January 1
Kwanzaa, a week long celebration of the African-American heritage is observed from December 26 to January 1. It was started back in 1966 by Ron Karenga while living in California as a way "...to give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society."
Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols that represent specific values and concepts that reflect the African culture. These symbols/values are:
- Mazao (The Crops)
These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.
- Mkeka (The Mat)
This is symbolic of our tradition and history and therefore, the foundation on which we build.
- Kinara (The Candle Holder)
The Kwanzaa candles and harvest This is symbolic of our roots, our parent people -- continental Africans.
- Muhindi (The Corn)
This is symbolic of our children and our future which they embody.
- Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles)
These are symbolic of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, the matrix and minimum set of values which African people are urged to live by in order to rescue and reconstruct their lives in their own image and according to their own needs.
- Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup)
This is symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible.
- Zawadi (The Gifts)
These are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children.
For more information about Kwanzaa visit the Official Kwanzaa Web Site.
No matter what you are celebrating this season, SSBBW Magazine wants to wish you all the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2016.
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Letters to the Editor...
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"For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place."