Winter Celebrations Around the World

At Eaton, we are passionate about supporting the spiritual tradition that has sustained each resident throughout their life. This holiday season, we recognize the celebrations of our friends and neighbors, near and far.

Diwali Festival of Lights: Diwali is a festival of lights and may be celebrated by people of Hindu, Jain, Sikh, or Buddhist faith.  Usually, it is celebrated over five days with décor illuminating the home, lighting fireworks, and sharing a feast and gifts. The dates for Diwali vary but usually take place in October or November.

Hanukkah: Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that commemorates the recovery of Jerusalem and rededication of the Second Temple. This festival spans eight days and eight nights. Practices associated with the holiday include lighting candles on the menorah, singing songs, playing dreidel, and eating specific foods.  Hanukkah occurs on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar which falls from late November to late December on our modern calendars.

Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa is an annual holiday affirming African family and social values. This annual celebration of African American culture is held from December 26th to January 1st. This holiday is celebrated by millions throughout the world African community.  Traditions associated with Kwanzaa include lighting red, black, and green candles, preparing and sharing food, and honoring ancestors.

Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China that celebrates the new year according to the Chinese calendar. Celebrations and traditions include lion dances, dragon dances, fireworks, family meals, and giving red envelopes with gifts. This celebration falls on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar which falls between late January and late February.  

Yule: Yule is a festival that was historically observed by various European cultural groups. In modern days, this holiday is often celebrated by pagans and Wiccans. Generally, it is observed with the winter solstice. Activities associated with this holiday include feasting, singing, dancing, and gathering around a fire.   

Christmas: Christmas is an annual celebration commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. As part of the festivities, gifts are exchanged, and lights are hung on the house. Santa Claus and his reindeer visit the house of children to give presents. This holiday is often celebrated by people of the Christian faith on December 25th.