I believe in life-long learning. As an educator, I believe in the power of knowledge to help us make good decisions. Hence this post….Apologies if this is stuff you already know.
As a kid, I had a friend who was Jewish, so from an early time I was aware of the differences and the similarities between Jews and Christians. One of my older daughter’s best friends when she was growing up was Jewish. As an adult, I have many Jewish friends.
Those Jewish friends are just finishing their celebration of Hanukkah, which this year ran Sunday, December 6 through Monday, December 14.
Hannukkah From Wikipedia we read:
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem….Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.
Muslims celebrate Mawlid around this time of year, though their calendar is a lunar one and changes more than the Gregorian calendar.
From my friend Wikipedia:
Mawlid (Arabic: مَولِد النَّبِي mawlidu n-nabiyyi, “Birth of the Prophet”, …. is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which is celebrated in 2015 on December 23 by the Sunis and December 28 by the Shias.
I’m sorry. I couldn’t find a good symbol for Islam. Perhaps one of our readers could share that.
As a principal in a public school, I became aware of Kwanza. Again from Wikipedia, we read:
Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːnzə/) is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67