December 17, 2017

Celebrating Spring

Springtime festivals share common themes —
of new life, energy and growth.

Chinese New Year

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Takes place every year between January 21 and February 20. The exact date is fixed using the Chinese lunar calendar, in which a new moon marks the beginning of each new month.

Carnival

Carnivals offer people the chance to get together and enjoy themselves before the period of Lent begins. During Lent, Christians remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness.

N’cwala

In 1935, the Ngoni tribe, an offshoot of the Zulu in South Africa, crossed the Zambezi River into what is now Zambia. This festival celebrates the tribe’s good fortune since then and signals that the harvest can begin.

Purim

The Purim story is about Queen Esther, who save the Jewish people from massacre by the Haman. The Name Purim means “lots”, nd refers to the lots that were drawn to decide the day on which the Jews would be killed.

Hina matsuri

This festival comes from the 12th century, when people made paper figures and cast them into water to rid themselves of illness or bad luck. Today’s dolls are thought to come from these early paper dolls.

Holi

Holi is celebrated on the day of the full moon in the month of Phalaguna (March), when the wheat harvest has been gathered in. Many Hindu legends surround this festival.”

(Taken from: Celebration! Unicef)