The History of Winter Holidays Song: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa & New Year’s – Rap Opera for Kids


The history of winter holidays – a story behind
every celebration. The different decorations and traditions,
where did they come from? Many holidays, let’s study some of them. Jewish people celebrate the holiday Hanukkah,
honoring a group of Jewish warriors, the Maccabees, who revolted against a powerful king. The battle began 167 B.C./B.C.E because the
king didn’t let the Jews practice their religion. After the victory, the Maccabees went to their
temple to light candles as part of their tradition. They had enough oil to light the candles for
one night, but their story says miraculously it lasted for eight. That’s why Hanukkah occurs for eight days. To begin, Jews light the Menorah. It holds eight candles plus another that’s
a helper. People play games, sing songs, exchange gifts,
and eat potato pancakes known as “latkes” in the Yiddish. Hanukkah follows the lunar calendar, so the
date changes because it’s set by where the moon is. The history of winter holidays – a story behind
every celebration. The different decorations and traditions,
where did they come from? Many holidays, let’s study some of them. The history of winter holidays – a story behind
every celebration. The different decorations and traditions,
where did they come from? Many holidays, let’s study some of them. Many people worldwide celebrate Christmas. The first recorded date of its celebration
was on December 25th, 336 A.D./A.C.E. Later, the Roman Empire made Christmas an
official holiday on December 25th, popularizing the observance of Christmas. The United States Christmas combines many
cultures and customs. In 1600 A.D./A.C.E., trees were decorated
by Christians in Germany, the country that started the tradition. Saint Nicholas is the beginning of Santa Claus. A monk well known for giving, he became a
church leader around the third century. Born wealthy, but he sold everything he possessed,
helping the poor and needy with his riches. Adored by many, his stories were retold by
Christians. His benevolence led to the Santa Claus legend. The history of winter holidays – a story behind
every celebration. The different decorations and traditions,
where did they come from? Many holidays, let’s study some of them. The history of winter holidays – a story behind
every celebration. The different decorations and traditions,
where did they come from? Many holidays, let’s study some of them. An African-American, university professor
created Kwanzaa in 1966 after riots in the city of Los Angeles. He wanted to unite African-Americans as a
community because of the violence. So, he combined different parts of several
African celebrations. Kwanzaa means “first fruits,” and the word
is from the Swahili language. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own
way, often with poetry, stories, African drums, and a traditional African meal once the week
is done. Each night, families unite as a child lights
one of the candles on the Kinara that holds them. Each of the candles represents one of the
seven virtues of African culture which create a positive, healthy community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa is held from December 26th through
New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day was first officially celebrated
in 45 B.C./B.C.E. A new calendar was needed, that’s what Julius Caesar did decide. The Roman calendar had errors, that’s what Caesar realized. But the new calendar was still not completely
precise. So, the New Year’s day tradition was eventually
forgotten. In 1582 A.D./A.C.E., the Roman church made
the corrections. Since then, many countries have observed January
1st as the start of the new year, celebrating it with fireworks.

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