Christmas around the world

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Persephone Means

A Christmas tree is just one way to show the celebratory spirit of Christmas.

Sierra Snavely, Staff Writer

Ever wondered how other religions celebrate Christmas? According to resource.com, there are 4,200 different religions. There are a few religions that don’t celebrate Christmas, such as the Jehovah Witnesses. Although most have some sort of celebration variation for the date of December 25, a few religions view Christmas either as a cultural festival or as a religious holiday.

In the Jewish religion, Hanukkah is celebrated. According to chabad.com, this is a holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It lasts for eight nights. Each night, a candle from the menorah is lit. Children often will play games with a dreidel, while gifts are given and exchanged between members of the family.

For Christmas services, Christians and Catholics often attend a midnight mass. They walk with family to the gathering. During mass, members feast upon food, delicacies are common. Christians believe that Christmas is the day of birth for Jesus. Gifts are also given and received.

In western India, in a state called Goa, Christmas is loved by the whole community. Similar to many other religions, Catholic/Christian members may go Christmas caroling a week before Christmas. In some religions buying and decorating a Christmas tree is seen as a family way to bring family together.

Though religions have their differences, a lot of religions are similar with a celebration sometime in December. How do you celebrate?