Glasgow’s Winter Holidays!

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Gayda Makki
December 13, 2020

Can you believe it’s almost winter break? Quite frankly, this year was like no other, and ready or not, it’s time to get ready for the holidays! This might be the busiest time of year for families. For many people, the holidays are going to be a lot more different this year than they were last year. Not everyone celebrates the same holiday, and some people might not even celebrate any holiday during this time of year. For that reason, let’s take a look at what some Glasgow Students celebrate during this time of year!

As you can see from the graph below, more than half the students that took this survey agreed to celebrating Christmas and New years. Less than 5% of students celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. 13.3% of students don’t celebrate a winter holiday. Now that we briefly discussed some Glasgow holiday celebrations, it’s only right to take a deeper look at them.

 

Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. It is thought to be celebrated for the remembrance of Jesus Christ’s birth. People celebrate Christmas in various ways. Many people decorate their homes, visit family or friends, and or exchange gifts. Best of all, Christmas is meant to be thought of as a joyful time to be with people you love and care for. New years is meant to be celebrated on the 1st of January, indicating a new calendar year beginning. Many families decide to go out and celebrate by watching firework displays, attending parties, eating special New Year’s food, and making resolutions for the new year.

Hanukkah, which also means “dedication” in Hebrew, is an eight-day holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem. In other words, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. On the eight days of Hanukkah, which-this year-are from December 10th-18th, Jewish families light up one candle per night. The centerpiece of the Hanukkah celebration is the hanukkiah, a candelabra that holds nine candles. The ninth candle is meant for lighting the others. Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that’s celebrated from the 26th of December to the 1st of January. These days, African-American’s come together and celebrate their cultural heritage and traditional values. Whatever you’re planning on doing for this year’s winter break, let’s aim to make it memorable!