www.whyville.net Dec 27, 2001 Weekly Issue

Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hannukah

Users' Rating
Rate this article

Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hannukah

Guest Writer

Okay, I have learned about different religions through studying them in my school. I learned about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, and of course, mine, Christmas. I am writing this because I think it is important to respect other peoples beliefs, and we shouldn't criticize people because they are different.

First of all, I don't want to offend anyone if I get any of this information wrong, if I do, just Y-mail me, or send in an article to the Times explaining it the right way!

* Kwanzaa is a holiday that is celebrated during the week after Christmas. The colors of Kwanzaa are red, yellow, black, and green. They place corncobs on the table to represent the children in the family. Sometimes the youngest child says a special prayer. Kwanzaa is celebrated in a series of days, not just one like Christmas. It is customary to do dances and sing songs on this special day!

* Hanukkah is celebrated by the Jewish people. The colors of Hanukkah are blue, and white. Candles are placed in a Menorah and lit on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. Again, the youngest child may recite a special prayer as the candles are lit. Latkes (potato pancakes, basically) are a custom in many families, too.

* Christmas is a Holiday that takes place on December 25, Jesus's birthday. The colors of Christmas are red, and green. Evergreens are decorated to symbolize the everlasting love of God. Get-togethers are planned and families unite. "Santa Claus" fills stockings on Christmas Eve. People exchange presents and eat peppermints all day long; parties are still held after Christmas and are great fun too.

All religions are special, and you should represent yours with pride!



  Back to front page