Holidays and Holy Days
Holidays are an age-old vehicle of religious socialization, setting time aside to remember a great person or event, give thanks for life’s bounty, or to invoke light and gladness for overcoming darkness and danger, death and drought. Festivities tell a story which children absorb through experiences far more than through words. The class will learn about and celebrate holidays and holy days of world religions throughout the year.
We will get acquainted and talke about our upcoming year, which will help us to feel a kinship to children all over the world, and to identify more closely as a UU.
We will celebrate the autumnal Jewish New Year, feeling the joy associated with new beginnings as well as the responsibility to correct old mistakes.
We will celebrate this Hindu festival of the triumph of good over evil.
St. Francis Day
We will honor the values of Francis of Assisi and affirm our interdepence with nature.
Our class builds a sukkah as we celebrate the Biblical thanksgiving festival of the Jewish people.
We will celebrate this fall festival that welcomes the Hindu goddess of good fortune, Lakshmi.
Huichol Indian Day
We will explore the religious beliefs of the Huichol Indians through their yarn paintings.
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
We will celebrate the lives of loved ones in our lives that have passed on as we explore this Mexican holiday.
We will raise our awareness of the plight of many of the world’s people and hold up the goal of international cooperation.
John Murray Day
We will introduce the Universalist story, in which a chapel is built to await the coming, some day, of a preacher who will speak of a loving God; at the same time, a preacher sails to America, determined never to preach again . . . until he meets the builder of the chapel.
We will appreciate the Native American religion, its deep spirituality, and oneness with nature.
Maulid al Nabi
We will celebrate the birthday of Mohammed, and learn about Islam and Islam prayer.
The celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights marks the winning of a victory for religious freedom, and the story of the light that would not go out.
Our New Year
The celebration of our own New Year offers the opportunity for self-assessment, and encourages fresh hopes and good resolutions, with fun and fanfare.
Martin Luther King Day
We will honor the birthday of a great American in the struggle for justice and celebrate the power of non-violence.
We will celebrate the courage of our UU “pioneers”.
We celebrate the Hopi Bean Planting Ceremony, awakening our reverence for the gift of life.
We explore traditional African religious beliefs and ideas about God, and have a good time making masks.
We will introduce the story of Jesus’ life and the Christian world’s observance of Carnival, Ash Wednesday and Lent.
Susan B. Anthony Day
We celebrate the birthday of a great Unitarian feminist whose life was committed to the causes of justice and equality.
Chinese New Year
We will celebrate Chinese New Year and hold a Dragon Parade.
Henry Bergh Day
We celebrate the Unitarian founder of the ASCPA, and discuss what we can do for animals.
St. Patrick’s Day
We learn the real story of the patron saint of Ireland and celebrate a bit of Irish culture.
We celebrate the Iranian New Year, and its ritual for casting out quarrels and starting the new year in harmony.
We share the story of Jesus’ death and rejoice in the renewal of life.
We celebrate the Jewish festival of freedom, with its symbols, story and songs.
We introduce the children to the life of Buddha and his teachings.
We celebrate the interrelatedness of all life on our planet, rejoice in its beauty, and accept responsibility for its preservation.
Japanese Children’s Day
We experience the delight of making carp kites, and emphasize the need for gentleness, courage and determination in both boys and girls,
We commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar .
Mother’s Peace Day
We recognize Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian pioneer in the cause of peace.
We will celebrate our pride in being Unitarian Universalists and review the values we hold.