In “Celebrate! The Holidays”, our MVP Kids® experience the wonder and delight of the winter holidays. With a universal spirit of giving, they celebrate holidays from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Come along and see how experiencing others’ traditions can deepen friendships and promote empathy and understanding.

Here are some facts about 5 winter holidays that come straight from the back page of this book in our Helpful Teaching Tips.

Find out more by purchasing our “Celebrate! Holidays” book for preschoolers coming in August!

Christmas

Christmas is celebrated every December 25th. Santa Claus is based off of the tradition of Saint Nicholas and is fabled to live at the North Pole.

Christians commemorate December 25th as the birth of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible in Luke chapter 2.

Ramadan

Even though the season in which Ramadan takes place changes based on the lunar calendar, we’ve included it has a Islamic holiday celebration. The most significant Islamic holiday is Ramadan, which is celebrated for an entire month. It celebrates the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad. The last day of Ramadan is called ‘Eid al Fitr’. On that day families dress in their best clothing, attend prayer at the mosque and give to the poor.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration also known as the “Festival of Lights.” It is a celebration dating back to 165 BCE when the Jewish Maccabees drove the Syrian army out of Jerusalem and reclaimed their temple. The temple had an “eternal flame” that was meant to be always burning. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and a candle is lit on the menorah (lamp stand) each night until all eight are lit. The dreidel is a game children play to win candy. The characters on each side stand for “A great miracle happened there.”

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is an African celebration that is observed from Dec. 26thJan. 1st each year. It began in the United States a uniquely African-American holiday and has spread to parts of South America, Europe and Africa. Greetings are given in Swahili, an African language.
Seven principles represent keys to a successful community: unity, self-determination, cooperation, creativity, faith, purpose and responsibility. Each day’s celebration is focused on one of the principles.

Asian New Year

Many cultures do not celebrate January 1st as the start of their new year. Just as there are many varied calendars in other cultures, the start of a new calendar year varies from culture to culture. One of the widely-known New Year celebrations is the Asian New Year. Although commonly known as “Chinese New Year,” it is celebrated in many Asian countries and is called ‘Spring Festival.’ The roots of the traditions are in Buddhism and/or Confucianism and focus on good fortune. Spring Festival falls on the new moon between January 21st and February 20th and is celebrated for 15 days.