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Christmas:
1) Who celebrates this holiday?
Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season. 2) What is celebrated during this holiday?

Christmas is celebrated by Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ 3) When is this holiday celebrated?
December 25
4) Where is this holiday celebrated?
Most countries that have a large Christian population celebrate Christmas. ( Even including Israel which is predominantly Jewish.) 5) Why is this holiday celebrated?
In many parts of the world, Christmas is the day when people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem two thousand years ago. People who remember Christmas as a religious holiday celebrate the birth of Jesus and his coming into this world. To them, he is recognized as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. 6) How is this holiday celebrated?

The Christmas season is celebrated in different ways around the world, varying by country and region. Elements common to many areas of the world include the lighting of Christmas trees, the hanging of wreaths, Christmas stockings, candy canes, and the creation of Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas carols may be sung and stories told about such figures as the Baby Jesus, St Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas and Grandfather Frost. The sending of Christmas cards, the exchange of Christmas time greetings 7) Describe how this holiday is celebrated in 2 different countries:

Mexico: In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from the December 12th to January 6th.

From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform the 'Posada' processions or Posadas. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging. There are nine Posadas. These celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for a room in an Inn. For the Posadas, the outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns.

Ghana: People in Ghana celebrate Christmas from the 20th of December to first week in January with lots of different activities. Many people travel to visit their relatives and friends in other parts of the country. Over 66 languages are spoken in Ghana and all these language groups have their own traditions and customs!

Hanukkah:
1) Who celebrates this holiday?
The people who celebrate Chanukah are, in most cases, Jews. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday. 2) What is celebrated during this holiday?
They celebrate the military victory over the Greeks and the miracle of a small quantity of oil lasting for 8 nights. 3) When is this holiday celebrated?
Hanukkah always begins on the same date in the Hebrew calendar - the 25th of Kislev, which is the day the Maccabees, re-dedicated the temple over 2,000 years ago. Hanukkah lasts for eight days. 4) Where is this holiday celebrated?

Hanukkah is celebrated all over the world
5) Why is this holiday celebrated?

The history of Hanukkah dates back to 165 BC. During that period, the land of Judea was ruled by Antiochus, a Syrian King. The King ordered the Jewish people to give up all their rituals and beliefs and start worshipping Greek Gods. The Greek soldiers also forced them to bow in front of a Greek God's idol and eat the meat of a pig, which was strictly against the Jewish Law.

Out of fear, some Jews obeyed the King's orders while the rest of the Jewish people were very anger and decided to fight back. This gave birth to a rebellion. The aggressive Jewish army fought for their religious freedom. The result was in favor of the Jews. They conquered the Greek soldiers and succeeded in restoring the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. 6) How is this holiday celebrated?

• People light their menorah every night at sundown
• ** Adding one candle for every day, thus on the 8th day 8 candles are lit • Religious people add special Hanukkah additions to their prayers

• ** Al-hanisim (regarding the...
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