Monthly Archives: December 2010

>Winter Festivals from Around the World


Winter Festivals from Around the World
(… just a list, a place to start)

If you were a fly on my Grade 5 classroom wall you would see students experiencing winter festivals of light from around the world almost daily.

Together we share and learn – we read, play, sing, discuss, explore …

Below you will find a list of those festivals and celebrations that we currently recognize. Please add to our list should you have a moment … we would love to do more!


Winter Festivals from Around the World:
Yule Germanic Winter Solstice Festival
St. Martin’s Day (Saint Maarten) in Holland
Loi Krathong Festival in Thailand
Diwali in India
Le Re’veillon (France & Canada)
St. Lucia’s Day (Sweden) 
Saint Nicholas’ Day (December 6th)
Bodhi Day (December 8th)
St. Lucia Day (December 13th)
Los Posados (Mexico – from Dec. 16th)
Hanukkah (celebrated in the month of December)
Yalda (December 21st)
Winter Solstice (December 21st-22nd)
Christmas (December 25th)
Pancha Ganapati (December 21st–25th)
Kwansaa (African-American celebration from around December 26th – January 1st)
New Year’s Eve (31 December)