History: It’s controversial about the date of Jesus’ birth, but if named the day Christmas is certainly on December 25. The earliest evidence of the celebration on December 25 of a Christian liturgical feast of the birth of Jesus from Chronography of 354 AD (wikipedia). It’s started in Rome, celebrated on the date of the Roman winter solstice. Western Christians first celebrated Christmas on December 25 in 336, after Emperor Constantine had declared Christianity the empire's favored religion. The December 25 celebration was imported into the East later in Antioch by John Chrysostom towards the end of the 4th century, and in Alexandria only in the following century.
Christmas traditions in Europe Christmas The origin and the name given to this celebration are different depending on the country. For exemple, for the French word Noël definitely comes from the Latin word natalis(birth). The masses of Christ, held by English evangelists in December, gave birth to the English word "Christmas". "The Holy Night" is translated in German as Weihnacht.Taking place in the last few days of December, this holiday is not celebrated in the same way in every country. There are many symbols attached to this holiday in Europe, and each country has kept its own identity and traditions, while enriching them with influences form various other sources.
On Christmas Eve religion plays a central role with the misa de gallo or Rooster Mass beginning at 10pm, which is a bit earlier than some other South American countries. Families return at midnight to toast the birth of Baby Jesus with champagne and begin to celebrate Christmas with a large roast turkey dinner and to exchange presents. Christmas Decorations in Peru With a greater outside influence from North America and Europe Christmas trees are slowly starting to appear. While Christmas trees are becoming more popular, traditionally the gifts are brought by Santa Claus, or Nino Jesus and placed near the retablo (manger scene) and most homes still do not have a tree. In some cases, particularly in the Andean region, gifts are not changed until the Epiphany on January 6th and brought by the Three Wise Men.
This is why the lunar new year is referred to as the old new year. The lunar new year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which means that new year fell on February 3rd in 2011, and will occur on January 23rd 2012. The Korean new year is a three day holiday, in which time families will meet, respects are paid to their ancestors, and feasts are prepared. Preparations for new years explode during new years eve. New years eve, called “Sut dal kum mum[,]” is when families will do a thorough house cleaning (clickasia.co.kr).
By doing so it encourages people to take advantage of the extra time that one might have on a holiday like Thanksgiving to do their Christmas shopping, therefore the meaning of the holidays are being forgotten, and replaced by “Black Friday”, and “Gray Thursday”. Barber suggests that the marketing and advertising industries have taken the once real needs of consumers and turned them into wants, to sell retailer’s products. This is why they target the young and vulnerable. The retailing and marketing industries
Family values even for the secular : all join on a Friday night. Central is the Foot Festivals/ Bible-Based festivals The journey undertaken by devotees to Jerusalem where festivals were commemorated the journey and the destination= liminal qualities= rite of passage. Temple was destroyed during the Babylonian Exile, festivals became domesticated and are performed at home rather than at the Temple. Three foot festivals : Pesach(Spring), Shavuot (Summer) Sukkot (Autumn) Festive joy is expressed by feasting with meat and drink, purchase of new garments for women. Each
For example, December is a month filled with many religious holidays, although Christmas is the only federal holiday recognized in December (2012 Federal Holidays). In that case, people that follow any other religion besides Christianity, still have to work on their biggest holidays of the year but the vast majority of Christians do not. This is not fair or equal within society and clearly shows that Christmas should not be recognized as a national holiday. Will trying to fight this recognition of the declared federal holiday of Christmas in court be effective? The answer to that would have to be maybe.
This additional month is called Adar Bet. This together with the Jewish leap year ensures that those festivals such as Purim and Passover are celebrated in the spring each year with Chanukar in the winter and so forth. Some of these holidays are celebrated for more than one day, the reason behind this is that when a new moon was sighted then a message would be sent out to the people in distant communities informing them of the sighting and to observe the beginning of a new month but at times the message was not delivered so they would not know of the new month and would thus celebrate on both possible days. To this day this custom of celebrating for 2 days remains although the Israelis do not practice this. In Judaism the night precedes the day, this means that the time that a holy day begins is in fact at sunset of the prior day, the date of the actual holy day and lasts up until Sunset of the specified holy day.
When you visit your friend’s new home you may bring a gift or not and it’s could be big or small one it depends what the person used to actually it depends about your culture and that’s what I call it different cultures . Culture symbolizes people’s idem and it’s difference between other cultures . For example Saudi culture is different than American culture , from my experience as a Saudi boy who is living in United State I realized my culture difference than American culture , like the relationship between family members and how they celebrate in holidays and how they greet each other. First differences , the Saudi family is usually big and lived with each other and caring about each other until they grow and they still caring about them even if they can take care of them self . On the other hand, American family are small and it’s not common to have a big family and they living and caring about each other with each other until sixteen they move out than they depends on them self and they are not close as close as the Saudis family and every person have his personal life.
Some examples of family rituals can include how holidays and birthdays are celebrated, Sunday dinners, or maybe vacations. Staging Staging is an interesting concept in family rituals. According to the text, rituals are different from routines in that they tend to involve more emotion, symbolism, and stylized or staged behavior; and they have three stages of preparing, experiencing, and shifting back into the ordinary. Preparing for a family ritual is important because it gets the family ready to participate in the event. For example, my family Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal, which is probably likely for most American families.