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Thanksgiving is Originated! Thanksgiving became a holiday almost 400 years ago, in 1621. The holiday started in Massachusetts when the pilgrims( from England) arrived and settled in 1620. They were greeted by the Iroquois Indians (native Americans) and one year later they had a Thanksgiving Feast.
Thanksgiving Celebration On Thanksgiving families get together and have a big harvest feast! They eat turkey, corn, stuffing, potatoes, cornucopias, pumpkin pie, and crops.
Thanksgiving Customs The customs of Thanksgiving are, eating, seeing your family, singing, thanking people for coming over and coming to their celebration! It is a thankful holiday!
More Thanksgiving Customs One of the customs on Thanksgiving is being thankful for people coming to your house. We are thankful for this because some people don’t see their family too much.
Holi A Hindu Festival of colours
What is Holi? Holi is a Hindu festival held in the spring celebrated mostly in India. It’s a time when people remember when good triumphed over evil. Do we know any other Hindu festivals?
The story of Holi A long time ago, In India, there was a king called Hiranyakashup who had a son called Prahlad. The king wanted everyone to think of him as God and to worship him. As Prahlad grew up he realised that this was not true and refused to worship his father. He worshipped Vishnu, a real God.
Hiranyakashup was very angry and punished his son. However Prahlad still refused to worship him and so the king decided that his son must die. The king tried many different ways to kill Prahlad. He was put in a pit full of snakes, he was beaten by soldiers and he was trampled by elephants, but each time he prayed to Vishnu and he was saved. The king’s sister, Holika, agreed to help the king. She was thought to have magical powers which made her fireproof. Holika took Prahlad to the top of a bonfire and the bonfire was lit. Holika expected Prahlad to die. Instead, it was Holika who died and again Prahlad was saved. Prahlad felt sorry for Holika and promised to name the festival ofter her. Every year, at the time of Holi, Hindus light bonfires to remind them of this time when good triumphed over evil.
How do Hindus celebrate Holi? Last year’s rubbish is burned so that people can make new beginnings.
Festival processions and dancing take place.
People throw coloured water or paint at passers by. People are allowed to be rude to those they normally respect. For instance, pupils may throw things at teachers!!!
Chuseok -Korean Traditional Holiday
Origin of Chuseok According to a widespread belief, Chuseok originates from Gabae which started during Silla dynasty. Another belief is that Chuseok may originated from ancient shamamistic celebrations of the harverst moon. New harvests are given to ancestors, which means Chuseok may have originated as a worship ritual.
Features of Chuseok Chuseok is Korea’s inherent custom from old times. We loved one another, felt the spirit of unity, and cooperation. We can see our ancestors’ sensible life styles.
Foods One of the major foods prepared and eaten during the Chuseok is ‘songpyeon’, a crescent-shaped rice cake which is steamed upon pine needles. Other dishes commonly prepared are japchae, bulgogi and many kinds of fruits. They are all delicious.
Things we do in Chuseok We cut the weeds of our ancestors’ graves. We visit our ancestors’ graves and we do ancestral rites. We play Ganggangsulrae, traditional Korean circle dance played by women under the bright full moon.
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