Heilige Drei Konige (Switzerland)

Heilige Drei Konige  is also known as "Three Kings Day". January 6 is a treasured holiday in Switzerland, celebrated in the German, French and Italian regions. The 12th Day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, when the three kings (also referred to as wise men or magi) arrived in Bethleham. To honor this arrival, a three kings or epiphany cake is made [...]

2021-12-14T12:28:50-07:00December 14th, 2021|Categories: , |Tags: |

Christmas Day

Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose [...]

2021-12-07T11:42:26-07:00December 7th, 2021|Categories: , |Tags: |

DongZhi Festival

The Chinese celebration of the winter solstice, Dong Zhi (which means “Winter Arrives”) welcomes the return of longer days and the corresponding increase in positive energy in the year to come. Occurring only six weeks before the Chinese New Year, the festival has its own significance for many people, and is believed to be the day when everyone gets one year [...]

2021-12-10T12:41:49-07:00December 10th, 2021|Tags: |

Yalda Night

Shab-e Yalda: “Yalda night” is an Iranian festival celebrating the longest and darkest night of the year. The celebration springs out of ancient Zoroastrian traditions and customs intended to protect people from evil spirits during the long night. On Shab-e Yalda, (which translates to “Night of Birth”), Iranians all over the world celebrate the triumph of the sun god Mithra over darkness. [...]

2021-12-14T09:30:48-07:00December 14th, 2021|Categories: , |Tags: |

Hanukkah

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah will be celebrated from the evening of November 28 to December 6 in 2021. The history of Hanukkah goes back over 2,000 years. In 139 BCE, the Maccabees returned to Jerusalem to liberate it. In the Temple, they built a new altar and made a new menorah. When they wanted to light it, [...]

2021-11-23T01:08:51-07:00November 23rd, 2021|Tags: |
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