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But have you ever wondered where the tradition comes from? Evergreen trees and plants have been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years, long before the advent of Christianity. Pagans in Europe used branches of evergreen fir trees to decorate their homes and brighten their spirits during the winter solstice. Early Romans used evergreens to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia, while ancient Egyptians used green palm rushes as part of their worship of the god Ra.
"The idea of bringing the evergreen into the house represents fertility and new life in the darkness of winter, which was much more of the pagan themes," Dr Dominique Wilson from the University of Sydney said. "That's also where the ideas of the holly and the ivy and the mistletoe come from because they're the few flowering plants at winter so therefore they hold special significance. Religious Festivals Calendar.
Makar Sankranti / Lohri (Hindu) Sankranti means to go from one place to another place (to change direction).
It also means one meets another. The time when the sun changes direction from one constellation (of the zodiac) to another is known as Sankranti. It is celebrated in mid-winter and marks the transition of the sun from the Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. People take dips in rivers and worship the Sun God especially in the holy Ganges river.
The dip is said to purify the self and bestow "punya". Pongal (Hindu) Harvest Festival Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festival of South India, mainly Tamil Nadu. Department of Social Services, Australian Government. Christmas Traditions, Past and Present - History in the Headlines. My TV provider is not listed.
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New international days are established regularly. The resolution establishing each international day is listed in parenthesis. January February March April May June July August September October November December January 27 January International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (A/RES/60/7) February 4 February World Cancer Day 6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (A/RES/67/146) 11 February International Day of Women and Girls in Science (A/RES/70/212) 13 February World Radio Day (UNESCO 36 C/Resolution 63; A/RES/67/124) 20 February World Day of Social Justice (A/RES/62/10) 21 February International Mother Language Day (A/RES/56/262) March 1 March Zero Discrimination Day [UNAIDS] 3 March.