Multicultural Holiday Celebrations in December

December is a month of multicultural holiday celebrations. Few months present the multicultural moments that December does! Join Passion Safe Storage in exploring traditions around the globe!

The following multicultural events and celebrations are among those that will happen this year:

  • Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
  • Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)
  • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican)
  • St. Lucia Day (Swedish)
  • Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • Pancha Ganapati (Hindu)
  • Christmas Day (Christian)
  • Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish)
  • Kwanzaa (African)
  • Omisoka (Japanese)
  • Yule (Pagan)
  • Saturnalia (Pagan)

Christmas around the world
A world of activities focused on the traditions and spirit of Christmas!

  • Benne cakes and other holiday recipes
  • How many ways can you say “Merry Christmas”?
  • Christmas in other countries
  • Christmas around the world map

Habari Gani? — What’s the news?
Learn about Kwanzaa, the world’s fastest growing holiday.

  • Label an Africa map
  • Make a Kwanzaa game
  • Colorful flags
  • Weave a Kwanzaa mat

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
Read the Hanukkah story and follow up with a handful of activities, including the following:

  • Hanukkah story listening activity
  • Noah’s Ark Hanukkah card
  • Play the classic Dreidel game
  • Read aloud a Hanukkah book

Pancha Ganapati
The family festival of giving where on each day one of the five faces of Pancha Ganapati is celebrated.

  • Discover what happens on each of the five days
  • Learn how to make Vadai
  • Hinduism: Fact & Fiction

Saturnalia
The History of an Ancient Roman Christmas.

  • Discover which modern day Christmas traditions are linked to ancient Rome
  • Discuss what holiday customs can teach us about about cultural values, both in ancient times and today
  • Provide a starting point for further research into types of traditional food eaten during Saturnalia

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