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4 Seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter- Science TEKS 6.11A. Solstice and Equinox- How does the Solar System Affect Holidays? 6th Grade Science TEKS- 6.4D. How to Write a News Report- 6th Grade ELA TEKS 6.17A. Online Timeline Maker- Support Math Standard of Being Number Conscious. Poetry Writing: 10 Tips on How to Write a Poem- TEKS ELA 6th- 6.15B. Holiday Games- Math Review of Various Skills. Christmas — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts. The Ancient Pagan Origins of Easter. Easter Sunday is a festival and holiday celebrated by millions of people around the world who honour the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion at Calvary.

It is also the day that children excitedly wait for the Easter bunny to arrive and deliver their treats of chocolate eggs. Easter is a ‘movable feast’ which is chosen to correspond with the first Sunday following the full moon after the March equinox, and occurs on different dates around the world since western churches use the Gregorian calendar, while eastern churches use the Julian calendar. So where did this ‘movable feast’ begin, and what are the origins of the traditions and customs celebrated on this important day around the world?

Christian’s today celebrate Easter Sunday as the resurrection of Jesus. Image source . Most historians, including Biblical scholars, agree that Easter was originally a pagan festival. Resurrection as a symbol of rebirth. History of Ramadan Video - Ramadan. You're almost done! You will soon receive an activation email. Once you click on the link, you will be added to our list. If you do not receive this email, please contact us. To ensure delivery to your inbox, add us to your address book. Oops, there's a problem. This email address has previously opted out from receiving any emails from HISTORY and/or A+E Networks. If you changed your mind, please contact us. A Brief History Of the Hajj. The city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia has always been the spiritual center of the Islamic faith: the world's 1.3 billion Muslims genuflect in its direction during prayers.

But in the final months of the year, Islam's holiest city becomes even more vital, as an estimated 2.5 million pilgrims make their once-in-a-lifetime journey to the site. This pilgrimage, known as the Hajj, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam (the others are the profession of Allah as the only God and Mohammed as his prophet; fasting during Ramadan; charitable giving and ritual prayer) by which every practicing Muslim must abide. This year, the Hajj starts Nov. 25; it takes place annually between the 8th and 12th days of Dhu-al-Hijjah, the final month of the lunar Islamic calendar, a time when God's spirit is believed to be closest to earth. (See photos from the Hajj.) Following the orders of God, Ibrahim is said to have built a monument at the site of the spring known as the Kaaba.

See TIME's Pictures of the Week. Yom Kippur - Holidays. According to tradition, the first Yom Kippur took place after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and arrival at Mount Sinai, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Descending from the mountain, Moses caught his people worshipping a golden calf and shattered the sacred tablets in anger. Because the Israelites atoned for their idolatry, God forgave their sins and offered Moses a second set of tablets. Jewish texts recount that during biblical times Yom Kippur was the only day on which the high priest could enter the inner sanctum of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. There, he would perform a series of rituals and sprinkle blood from sacrificed animals on the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Ten Commandments.

Through this complex ceremony he made atonement and asked for God’s forgiveness on behalf of all the people of Israel. Diwali in History,History of Diwali,Myths of Dipawali Festival,Dipawali History. The history of Diwali is replete with legends and these legends are moored to the stories of Hindu religious scriptures, mostly the Puranas. Though the central theme of all legends point out to the classic truth of the victory of the good over the evils, the mode of their presentation and the characters differ. Diwali, being the festival of lights, lighting the lamp of knowledge within us means to understand and reflect upon the significant purpose of each of the five days of festivities and to bring those thoughts in to the day to day lives.

The five day of Diwali The first day of Diwali is called Dhanvantari Triodasi or Dhanwantari Triodasi also called Dhan Theras. The second day of Diwali is called Narak Chaturdasi. It is the fourteenth lunar day (thithi) of the dark forthnight of the month of Kartik and the eve of Diwali. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. Hindu Mythology Sikh Festival Diwali Jain Festival Diwali.

Religions - Sikhism: Vaisakhi. History & Significance of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur & Sukkot. Bet You Didn't Know: Christmas | History. History of the Holidays: Easter | History. What Is Ramadan? YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. The Story of Diwali | Festival of Lights Cartoon Animation. 6 Facts You May Not Know About Vaisakhi. What Is the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur. By Ariela Pelaia Updated July 26, 2016. Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is one of two Jewish High Holy Days. The first High Holy Day is Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). Yom Kippur falls ten days after Rosh Hashanah on the 10th of Tishrei, which is a Hebrew month that correlates with September-October on the secular calendar. The purpose of Yom Kippur is to bring about reconciliation between people and between individuals and God.

Although Yom Kippur is an intense holiday it is nevertheless viewed as a happy day. There are three essential components of Yom Kippur: Teshuvah (Repentance)PrayerFasting Teshuvah (Repentance) Yom Kippur is a day of reconciliation, when Jews strive to make amends with people and to draw closer to God through prayer and fasting. The ten days leading up to Yom Kippur are known as the Ten Days of Repentance. This process of repentance is called teshuvah and it is a crucial part of Yom Kippur. Prayer Yom Kippur is the longest synagogue service in the Jewish year. ABC's of Rosh Hashanah. Pre-Rosh Hashanah A key component of Rosh Hashanah preparation is to ask for forgiveness from anyone we may have wronged during the previous year. To the greatest extent possible, we want to begin the year with a clean slate – and without anyone harboring a grudge against us. Similarly, we should be quick to forgive those who have wronged us. Many people have the custom of going to the mikveh before Rosh Hashanah after midday.

Some have the custom of visiting a cemetery on the day before Rosh Hashanah and praying at the graves of the righteous. The morning before Rosh Hashanah, we perform "Hatarat Nedarim" – annulling of vows. The Festive Meal During the High Holidays, a round challah is used – symbolizing fullness and completion. Then, after the bread has been eaten, take an apple and dip it in honey. Why do we ask for both a "good" AND "sweet" year? On Rosh Hashanah, we add the paragraph "Ya'aleh V'yavo" in Grace After Meals.

Symbolic Foods Rosh Hashanah Prayers The Shofar Other Customs. Diwali (Festival of Lights) - History and Significance. By Subhamoy Das Updated October 30, 2015. Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that's marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy.

This year Diwali falls on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness. The Origin of Diwali Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest festival. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day. These Four Days Each day of Diwali has its own tale, legend and myth to tell. The Significance of Lights & Firecrackers The Tradition of Gambling. Vaisakhi 2015: History, Facts About The Sikh Festival [PHOTOS] Sikhs around the world celebrated on Tuesday the Vaisakhi New Year festival, one of the most important dates on the Sikh calendar. Vaisakhi, also spelled Baisakhi, is marked annually on either April 13 or 14 with large public processions known as Nagar Kirtans.

The holiday is observed by millions of Sikhs in India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and North America. The centuries-old tradition has long been celebrated as a spring harvest festival in the Indian subcontinent’s Punjab region but became uniquely associated with Sikhism after the 10th Sikh guru-prophet, Guru Gobind Singh, chose the occasion to found a formal order dedicated to defending the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa Panth. Sikhs gathered at the Gurdwara Panja Sahib, one of the holiest sites in Sikhism Photo: Getty Holding large public processions known as Nagar Kirtans is one common way of celebrating Vaisakhi. Photo: Getty The Sikh baptism ceremony is based on the anointment with holy water, or amrit, of the Panj Piare. Origins of Christmas | History.