Happy Holidays!

It’s the end of your first full semester in the BPS program – Congratulations!

Now is the time to relax and celebrate the season.

Happy Hanukkah!

  • Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday to celebrate the commemoration of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd Century BCE.
  • In 2011, Hanukkah will be celebrated beginning at sundown December 20th through sundown December 28th.
  • Hanukkah holiday traditions include lighting the Menorah – a candelabra with 8 candles, giving of gifts to family and friends, eating foods like latkes, doughnuts, and cheese, and playing dreidel.

Festivus – It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!

  • Festivus is a holiday celebrated on December 23rd of each year. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you know all about it.
  • Festivus is celebrated with a Festivus pole (an unadorned, aluminum pole), the Airing of Grievances at the Festivus dinner, and Feats of Strength.
  • Ordinary occurrences are known as Festivus miracles.

Merry Christmas!

  • Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrated on December 25 to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Christmas is a time of giving.
  • Christmas holiday traditions include the Christmas tree, presents given to family and friends, Santa Claus, Christmas cookies, Yule logs, Midnight Mass at some Christian churches, and more.

Joyous Kwanzaa!

  • Kwanzaa is a holiday to celebrate African-American heritage and culture. Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga and was celebrated for the first time in 1966-1967.
  • Every year Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26 through January 1.
  • Kwanzaa holiday traditions include decorating homes with art, colorful African cloth, sharing libations in a common chalice. Kwanzaa also celebrates with a candle-lighting ritual.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, enjoy and be merry! Get ready for the Spring semester – registration ends January 13th.

Sources: Festivus; Hanukkah; Kwanzaa; Christmas

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