There are many celebrations and observances this time of year. Let’s read about some of them!
Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr by Lisa Bullard
“For Muslims, Ramadan is a time for fasting, prayer, and thinking of others. Rashad tries to be good all month. When it’s time for Eid al-Fitr, he feasts and plays! Find out how people celebrate this special time of year.”
Diwali by Nancy Dickmann
“Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world in October or November. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-day holiday depending on where you come from.
“It is a very exciting and colourful holiday. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps (diyas) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.” http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/diwali.htm
In 2012 Diwali is celebrated November 13 – 17. [JE 294.536 DICKMANN]
Day of the Dead by Carrie Gleason
“Introduces the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead, and discusses its Aztec and Christian origins, preparations for the holiday, skeletons and other decorations and foods, holiday activities, and the holiday in the United States.”