The holiday season is the time year for fighting off the winter blues. People can distract themselves by celebrating a variety of things. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are just some cultural faith-based practices that go back to ancient times.
But, that doesn't mean others can't get creative and make ways to celebrate life when the days are short and the weather sucks. Fear not, because these traditions for the holiday season have nothing to do with religion.
Celebrating The End Of December
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Across the Northern Hemisphere, our ancestors marked the winter solstice with festivals. They acknowledge the cycle of life: death, birth, darkness, and light. A few days after the solstice, the days begin to lengthen visibly, and bring promise for another spring.
Today, mid-winter celebrations in the month of December include Buddhist Bodhi Day and Hannukah. The Winter Solstice itself has many different interpretations. Hindu Pancha Ganapati, Kwanzaa, and of course, Hogmanay.