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Cosa significa per voi le feste di dicembre: Hannukah, Natale, "Kwanzaa"

Not everybody celebrate the same holidays, for example, I only celebrate Christmas.

For me, Christmas means the born of Jesus, and I think it should be celebrated in a very different way as it is popularly celebrated :wink:

Are there more holidays celebrated during december?

A presto,

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Post by matliano »

in turkey some years we celebrate "festa dello zucchero". (i don't know in english) in dicember
but it changes
and we celebrate "capodanno"
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I grew up celebrating Hanukkah, so until I married Luca, I never decorated a Christmas tree! In fact, on Christmas day, my parents, brother and I would usually hit the ski slopes - no lift lines! :D

Luca and I celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. We light the candles every night of Hanukkah and sing the prayer, tell stories, make latkes, and this year we will play dreidel games and give a little gift each night to the kids. We also decorate a Christmas tree together (which we will be getting today!), and spend Christmas eve baking cookies for Santa. For our family, the holidays are more about spending fun time together than anything else.

Matliano - what is "festa dello zucchero"? What is its significance, and how do you celebrate it?

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Post by Amela »

I don't celebrate Kwanzaa, but it is an African American holiday that is designed (I think) to celebrate the true spirit of the Christmas season without commercialism and materialism, and to celebrate the African heritage.

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Post by matliano »

allora

abbiamo la festa dello zucchero, credo che in italia si dice cosi. é una festa religiosa, lo festeggiamo con le nostre famiglie, compriamo il cioccolato moltissimo, compriamo lo zucchero (non lo zucchero di té o caffe , like candy)... andiamo alle nostre famiglie sia della madre sia del padre... baciamo le loro mani e prendiamo i soldi per la festa (é una tradizione)...

spero che ho potuto raccontarvi, per me é difficile raccontare una festa... :oops:

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We celebrate Chanukah or Hannukah. We make a gift, sometimes food or handmade item and take one to each of our relatives' home. We also light the candles, which I haven't been able to find yet. And make gingerbread cookies and fudge. My son,15, says he likes going to visit each family the best.

We believe that this was the time that the Spirit visited Mary and the Messiah was conceived. We celebrate His birth in September on Rosh Hashannah.
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Per me la festa significa celebrare la nascita di Gesu', e passare i giorni con la famiglia .
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History of Hanukkah

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Mindy wrote:I grew up celebrating Hanukkah, so until I married Luca, I never decorated a Christmas tree! In fact, on Christmas day, my parents, brother and I would usually hit the ski slopes - no lift lines! :D

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We believe that this was the time that the Spirit visited Mary and the Messiah was conceived. We celebrate His birth in September on Rosh Hashannah.

Thank you for sharing the meaning of Hanukkah . I located the history of Hanukkah on the history channel website: http://www.historychannel.com
For those of you who want to know a little more Read below.


Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights, starting on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar (which is November-December on the Gregorian calendar). In Hebrew, the word "Hanukkah" means "dedication."
The holiday commemorates the rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C.E. victory over the Hellenist Syrians. Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods.

In 168 B.C.E. the Jews' holy Temple was seized and dedicated to the worship of Zeus.

Some Jews were afraid of the Greek soldiers and obeyed them, but most were angry and decided to fight back.

The fighting began in Modiin, a village not far from Jerusalem. A Greek officer and soldiers assembled the villagers, asking them to bow to an idol and eat the flesh of a pig, activities forbidden to Jews. The officer asked Mattathias, a Jewish High Priest, to take part in the ceremony. He refused, and another villager stepped forward and offered to do it instead. Mattathias became outraged, took out his sword and killed the man, then killed the officer. His five sons and the other villagers then attacked and killed the soldiers. Mattathias' family went into hiding in the nearby mountains, where many other Jews who wanted to fight the Greeks joined them. They attacked the Greek soldiers whenever possible.

About a year after the rebellion started, Mattathias died. Before his death, he put his brave son Judah Maccabee in charge of the growing army. After three years of fighting, the Jews defeated the Greek army, despite having fewer men and weapons.

Judah Maccabee and his soldiers went to the holy Temple, and were saddened that many things were missing or broken, including the golden menorah. They cleaned and repaired the Temple, and when they were finished, they decided to have a big dedication ceremony. For the celebration, the Maccabees wanted to light the menorah. They looked everywhere for oil, and found a small flask that contained only enough oil to light the menorah for one day. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days. This gave them enough time to obtain new oil to keep the menorah lit. Today Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days by lighting candles in a menorah every night, thus commemorating the eight-day miracle.


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Post by Theresa »

Roby thanks for putting the info about Hanukkah here. I was about to offer an explaination myself. :lol:
Mary's conception of Christ is a Christian belief.

I so look forward to the kindling the first light tomorrow. When my nieces were here for Thanksgiving, the 5 year old, got the children's story book of Hanukkah down on her own and and pretended to read it all by herself---So adorable :D . Then later she wanted me to tell her about the Star of David. When I told her about King David, she immediately started to make comparisons to her favourite movie kings and their princesses. Sweet :wink:

Carol, When I'm in NY, I try to stock up on Judaica, but there are several online Judaica shops where you can order stuff, among them there is www.judaicaplace.com.

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As Theresa mentioned, Mary's conception of Christ is a Christian belief. For those of you who don't know, Rosh Hashanah is the first and second days of the first Jewish month of Tishrei, and marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year (usually occurs in the September/October timeframe). Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and is a time for reflection and self evaluation.
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Natale in Ungheria (e penso che in altri paesi socialisti) era una festa senza religione. Non so se ha cambiato molto da quando la forma di governo ha camibiato in 1989; non ho vissuto la' da 1993. Percio' per me le feste d'inverno sono di riunione della famiglia e del buon mangiare.

Penso che ci sono alcune persone che celebrano il solstizio d'inverno invece di natale, Hanukka, kwanzaa,ecc.

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Per me il Natale significa passare un po' di tempo libero con la mia famiglia. Malgrado il fatto che sono io che faccio da mangiare - tutto !!


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Post by Mindy »

Ciao Margery, e benvenuta al forum! :D

Ti piace cucinare? In quanti siete il giorno di natale? Che cosa preparerai?

Io ho un dilemma quest'anno per natale.....Dovrei io ospitare natale a casa mia (e cucinare tutto io) oppure andare da mio padre nel NJ con i bambini (e lasciare che sua moglie prepari tutto)? E' un viaggio lungo con due bambini piccoli in macchina (quasi 5 ore), ma forse ne vale la pena se poi non devo preparare o mettere apposto niente! 8)

Mah, vedremo.

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Per me la festa di Natale era molto importante quando era piccola. Adesso non e gioso o religioso, ma una tradizione che spero di insegnare a miei figli. L'albero, biscotti e altre ricette, regali, giorni insieme con famiglia. La magica non c'e piu, ma chi sa!? Spero che la magica ritorna presto per tutti! :wink:
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Per me natale representa un momento spirtuale per stare con la famiglia e ricordare e celebrare l'anima del spirito che vive dentro di noi, che legarci e unirci. Sono cresciuta come un Quaker. Quakerism è un religione christiana, semplice, molto personale, senza la grande formalita e equipaggiamento delle altre religione. Era la prima religione di dare uguaglianza alle donne e gli uomini e le persone degli altri colori. Non c'è un ministro o qualcuno di parlare per se o al gruppo. Non c'è una ceremonia formale con un programma. Di solito incontriamo per meditazione silenziosa per contemplazione privata.

Per celebrare la stagione di natale facciamo un albero, decorariamo la casa e cuciamo la pane con mirtilli rosso e i biscotti di zucchero. Parliamo del miracolo del cuore umano e la nascità del bambino gesu e i re che lo hanno trovato per seguire una stella. Per questo diamo un regalo a ciascuno di noi. Certo c'è babbo natale in tutto questo! Arriva il vigile di natale e nella mattina cominciamo con aprire i piccoli regali dentro le calze mentre mangiamo la colazione e poi andiamo nel soggiorno per apprire i regali sotto l'albero. Sempre cominciamo con la persona più minore e apriamo i regali uno ad una volta. Qualche volta ci vorrano alcune ore per finire! Provo di creare lo stesso atmosphero positivo e caldo per la mia famiglia, che mia madre e padre hanno creato per io e miei fratelli. Melissa
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