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.


First Day

9/10/2017

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.

 

Rosh Hashana

9/17/2017

We will celebrate the autumnal Jewish New Year, feeling the joy associated with new beginnings as well as the responsibility to correct old mistakes.

 

Dussehra

9/24/2017

We will celebrate this Hindu festival of the triumph of good over evil.

 

St. Francis Day

10/1/2017

We will honor the values of Francis of Assisi and affirm our interdepence with nature.

 

Sukkot

10/8/2017

Our class builds a sukkah as we celebrate the Biblical thanksgiving festival of the Jewish people.

 

Divali

10/15/2017

We will celebrate this fall festival that welcomes the Hindu goddess of good fortune, Lakshmi.

 

Huichol Indian Day

10/22/2017

We will explore the religious beliefs of the Huichol Indians through their yarn paintings.

 

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

10/29/2017

We will celebrate the lives of loved ones in our lives that have passed on as we explore this Mexican holiday.

 

Unicef Day

11/5/2018

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

11/12/2017

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.

 

Wampanoag Thanksgiving

11/19/2017

We will appreciate the Native American religion, its deep spirituality, and oneness with nature.

 

Maulid al Nabi

12/3/2017

We will celebrate the birthday of Mohammed, and learn about Islam and Islam prayer.

 

Hannukah

12/17/2017

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

1/7/2018

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

1/14/2018

We will honor the birthday of a great American in the struggle for justice and celebrate the power of non-violence.

 

UU Pilgrimage

1/21/2018

We will celebrate the courage of our UU “pioneers”.

 

Powamu

1/28/2018

We celebrate the Hopi Bean Planting Ceremony, awakening our reverence for the gift of life.

 

Africa Day

2/4/2018

We explore traditional African religious beliefs and ideas about God, and have a good time making masks.

 

Mardi Gras

2/11/2018

We will introduce the story of Jesus’ life and the Christian world’s observance of Carnival, Ash Wednesday and Lent.

 

Susan B. Anthony Day

2/18/2018

We celebrate the birthday of a great Unitarian feminist whose life was committed to the causes of justice and equality.

 

Chinese New Year

2/25/2018

We will celebrate Chinese New Year and hold a Dragon Parade.

 

Henry Bergh Day

3/4/2018

We celebrate the Unitarian founder of the ASCPA, and discuss what we can do for animals.

 

St. Patrick’s Day

3/11/2018

We learn the real story of the patron saint of Ireland and celebrate a bit of Irish culture.

 

No Ruz

3/18/2018

We celebrate the Iranian New Year, and its ritual for casting out quarrels and starting the new year in harmony.

 

Easter

3/25/2018

We share the story of Jesus’ death and rejoice in the renewal of life.

 

Passover

4/8/2018

We celebrate the Jewish festival of freedom, with its symbols, story and songs.

 

Buddha’s Birthday

4/15/2018

We introduce the children to the life of Buddha and his teachings.

 

Earth Day

4/22/2018

We celebrate the interrelatedness of all life on our planet, rejoice in its beauty, and accept responsibility for its preservation.

 

Japanese Children’s Day

4/29/2018

We experience the delight of making carp kites, and emphasize the need for gentleness, courage and determination in both boys and girls,

 

Ramadan

5/6/2018

We commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar .

 

Mother’s Peace Day

5/13/2018

We recognize Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian pioneer in the cause of peace.

 

UU Day

5/20/2018

We will celebrate our pride in being Unitarian Universalists and review the values we hold.