FESTIVALS

Following our Thanksgiving debate, here are the written versions of your presentations regarding your chosen festival as well as  Thanksgiving…

RL & SM

“New Year”

Our New Year is on the first January. The Muslim New Year is in March or April like the Indian New Year. The Jewish New Year is in September and the Chinese New Year is in January or February.

It’s not the same date, because the countries haven’t got the same calendar.

I’m going to talk about our traditions. On the 31st December, we gather with our family or friends. We begin to count down the last 10 second before midnight. At midnight, we shout “Happy New Year” and we hugh, kiss, drink champagne and wish love, health and happiness to everybody. After we have fun until the morning.

In China, they clean their houses on the last day of the old year. Young people receive money from their parents which is oin red envelopes. The New Year festival continues for 15 days because it’s very important for the Chinese. On the last day, there is a Festival of Lanterns and people carry light in the street.

In Scotland, the New Year is celebrated for four days. It’s called Hogmanay. And there’re fire works.

In Spain, they must wear red underwear for good luck. For the twelve strokes of midnight, they swallow twelve grapes, so i.e. one per second.

In Brazil they celebrate it on the beach dressed in white.


Halloween:

(LM&NM)

We going to talk about why we celebrate Halloween. Then we celebrate Halloween because it’s in memory of those old beliefs. One of the great tradition is that children dress up in costumes to scare or laugh (like ghosts, witches, monsters, vampires, etc..) and they go to the door asking adult candy, fruit or money, shouting: Trick or treat! or simply “Halloween! The day of 31 October, anybody haven’t fear to saw witches, vampires or the undead in the streets. Because now, we know that it’s unreal.
But there are a lot of time before, The Celts were scared of 31October because Samhain (you can compare it to the devil) gathered all the souls of the dead to visit their older home. So the Celts believed that hosts walked the earth on the night of 31 Octobre, they began to dress to avoid being recognized by these ghosts.
In America after a great famine, Halloween is moved to the United States and Canada with the great emigration of Irish who carries with her. In the late 19th century that Halloween party. (It’s a joy for children so today is a festival that is dedicated to the children).
Halloween in Romania is related to the myth of Dracula. So on Halloween, the costume parties are organized to remember Dracula.
Finally Halloween is celebrated in many countries such as Ireland, Europe and full of other countries to celebrate the night of dead in our century.

Thanksgiving…. by A S& CB

Introduction

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada and Unated State. In Canada people celebrate Thanksgiving on the second monday of October and in Unated State is on the fourth Thursday of november.
Foods of the season
U.S. tradition compares the holiday with a meal held in 1621 by the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is continued in modern times with the Thanksgiving dinner, traditionally featuring turkey, playing a large role in the celebration of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving was originally a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose. But some of the details of the American Thanksgiving story are myths that developed in the 1890s and early 1900s.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

In the United States, certain kinds of food are traditionally served at Thanksgiving meals. Firstly, baked or roasted turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table (so much so that Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as “Turkey Day”). Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner. All of these are actually native to the Americas or were introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived. As an alternative to turkey, many vegetarians or vegans eat tofurky, a meatless turkey made of tofu.
During Thanksgiving Day families and friends usually gather for a large meal or dinner. Consequently the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Thanksgiving is a four-day or five-day weekend vacation for schools and colleges. Most business and government workers (78% in 2007) are given Thanksgiving and the day after as paid holidays.

….by RL&SM

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada, USA, Netherlands. Thanksgiving’s day is a harvest festival. This day we thank god by prayers and festivities for the happiness which we were able to receive during the year. Generally it celebrates in family at the beginning of November, with a meal on base of roasted turkey and tart in the pumpkin.

….by NM &LM

Thanksgiving is a day where we thank God for the happiness we received during the year in prayer. For us it’s a celebration like Christmas or New Year, because we meet with the family to eat a big meal.


Our reasons to celebrate:

We celebrate for thank our parents to accommodate us and feed us and also to be well educated.

We celebrate to thank our friends to be there for us too.

Muslim New Year (CB&AS)

The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar, a few of the modern world still widespread. It is the only calendar of Saudi Arabia.
The New Year is not considered a party for Islam, but it marks an important event in Muslim history : the Hegira. It is the commemoration of the departure of Mohammed in 622 from Mecca to Medina.
This year the New Year is going to be on December 18th 2009.
The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This schedule is characterized by years of 12 lunar months of 29 to 30 days each.
According to the calendars, the date of New Year’s Day is different. The Muslim New Year can falli n summer or winnter. This year we will be in the year 1431. For the Muslim N ew Y ear the worshippers go on to the Mosque lsten?? to the Imam and religious fields, then at midnight there are fireworks and finally people celebrate the new year by dancing and eating,but there are not alcoholic beverages. It is celebrated as a solar year.

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