Madeline Claire Hughes
Mrs. Gail Cado
History Block 1
12 May 2014
Holidays, Celebrations, and Festivals Galore
How would you feel if every holiday and celebration were the exact same, well there not. Thank goodness the generations before us had already thought of that problem. There is a major diversity in holidays, festivals, and celebrations in Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism. They celebrate for different reasons, and at different times. Holidays celebrate birthdays, celebration, and festivals. They resemble a major or important event in history. They have specific dates that they start on and end on. Some holidays have special clothes they have to wear, and even different rituals. A majority of the holidays were planned according to the moon and its phases (World Religion, n.p). The Messiah Jesus Christ teaches Christianity and they study the Bible. The religion Judaism is very extraordinary from the ordinary religions. The holiest book for the Jewish people is the Torah, which they read and study very intensely. Hinduism is followed by a wide variety of ethnical backgrounds and cultural. Hinduisms have about 800 million followers, and it is the oldest religion (Britannica School, n.p).
Christianity has many different holidays, festivals, and celebrations, but the three major are Christmas, Easter, and Passover. They are festivals or holidays that represent an important event that happened to Jesus. Christmas is one of the most important holidays because it is the day Jesus was born. “Joseph went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth to Judea to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for him in the inn” (Holy Bible, Luke, 2:4-7). Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Instead of being born in a hospital he was born in a stable. No one knows what year he was born or time all we know is what day, month, and where. The word Christmas comes from the old English term Crites maesse meaning Christ's mass e celebrate Christmas on December 25 as a resembles when Jesus was born, but we haven’t taken much notice of Christmas for the past centuries (Britannica School, n.p). The church finally made a calendar to record all of his major events, so we now know when to celebrate them (Britannica School, n.p). We give presents to friends, family, and loved ones. If the kids act well they might get a present from Santa Clause, but if they are bad they’ll get coal in their stocking.
Easter is the celebration of Jesus resurrecting. It is said that on the third day Jesus rose from the dead (World Religion, Easter, 42). Jesus was put in a tomb with a stone blocking the only entrance. he name Easter came from Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess. They would...