Winter Holidays Around the World! 3rd grade Standard 2: Students will understand culture factors that shape a community.
Winter Holidays around the world are all celebrated differently… AMERICA ISRAEL CHINA MEXICO
America -In the United States CHRISTMAS is observed on the 25th of December. -Families decorate Christmas Trees with lights and ornaments. -Santa leaves presents for the children on the night of the 24thif they are good. If they are bad they receive a lump of coal. - The children leave cookies and milk out for Santa to enjoy!
China • Most Chinese people are not Christian, the main winter festival in China is the Chinese New Year. • "Spring Festival” takes place toward the end of January. • Children receive new clothing, eat luxurious meals, receive new toys, and enjoy firecracker displays. • An important aspect of the New Year celebration is the worship of ancestors. Portraits and paintings of ancestors are brought out and hung in the main room of the home.
Mexico • The main Christmas celebration in Mexico is called Las posadas, which refers to processions reenacting Joseph and Mary's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. • The poinsettia is native to Mexico and is included in their Christmas celebration. • Food and drink are served and then children take turns trying to break open the piñata.
Israel -Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday, is an eight day festival of light. -They light a Menorah. A single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Hanukkah, when all eight lights are kindled. -They receive gifts each night. -A common gift is the dreidel.
What are some of the traditions you celebrate with your family? *Get into a group and discuss your traditions.
Activity! • Make a dreidel. • Color a piñata. • Write a letter to Santa. • Color the Happy Chinese New Year Page.