Religious Holidays

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There are many different forms of religion. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all different, but they all have something in common. They each have special days on which they celebrate the important moments in their history.

The Christian religion has some of the most well-known holidays. Two of the most popular Christian holidays are Christmas and Easter.

Christmas is the annual Christian holiday that is celebrated on December 25 to honor the birth of Jesus. Christmas is celebrated in almost every country around the world, by both Christians and non-Christians. Christmas is seen as a time to spend with loved ones, and a time to give and show compassion for those who are less fortunate. Christmas traditions include putting up decorations, such as a Christmas tree; and exchanging gifts and cards.

The other popular Christian holiday is Easter. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Easter, also known as Resurrection Day, is observed between March 22 and April 25.

Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon of occurs. Easter is the most important liturgical day of the Christian year. Easter church services traditionally begin on Holy Saturday with the Easter Vigil and continue on into Easter Sunday. After the church service, many families have an Easter feast in honor of the celebration. Like Christmas, Easter is also celebrated by non-Christians. Some of the secular Easter traditions include Easter egg hunts and gift-giving.

Holmes 2Judaism also has some well-known holidays. Hanukkah is probably the most well-known Jewish holiday. Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday that is held between late November and early January. Hanukkah is an eight day festival that celebrates the Miracle of the Oil. The story of Hanukkah states that at the re-dedication of the Temple...