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Holidays

Find out more about these holidays, celebrated throughout the year and throughout the world.

Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah is a very somber holiday, the beginning of the High Holy Days of Judaism. It is actually a two-day celebration and is often referred to as the Jewish New Year.

Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement
Yom Kippur is the end of the High Holy Days, which begin with Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur is known as the "Day of Atonement," on which Jews pray for atonement for their sins.

Halloween
This spooky holiday is October 31. People celebrate with costumes, tricks-and-treats, and pumpkins--lots of pumpkins.

Ramadan
Ramadan is a monthlong fast observed by Muslims to honor the revelation of the Word to Muhammad.

Thanksgiving in America
Thanksgiving is a November holiday that Americans celebrate in honor of a feast between English settlers and Native Americans near Plymouth in 1621. These were the Pilgrims, and they sat down to feast with members of the Wampanoag tribe.

Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, celebrated at the end of the calendar year.

Christmas
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 in countries all around the world. Find out how different people celebrate.

Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a holiday festival that begins December 26 and lasts for a full seven days. Kwanzaa means "first fruits of the harvest." It is a time to celebrate African and African-American heritage and culture.

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