Winter Holidays: Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa

Many holidays and festivals are observed in the winter months, ranging from the ancient celebrations of the Winter Solstice to the modern Kwanzaa. Learn a bit more about the origins and traditions of these fun celebrations below. And from Vibrant Pittsburgh, have a very happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

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Information taken from:

Harris, Jessica B. “Kwanzaa.” Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, edited by Solomon H. Katz, vol. 2, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003, pp. 341-342. World History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX3403400371/WHIC?u=carnegielib&xid=a4eefba0. Accessed 19 Dec. 2016.

Pleck, Elizabeth H. “Hanukkah in America: A History.” American Jewish History, vol. 98, no. 4, 2014, p. 351+. World History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A387826721/WHIC?u=carnegielib&xid=770d2596. Accessed 19 Dec. 2016.

Weaver, William Woys. “Christmas.” Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, edited by Solomon H. Katz, vol. 1, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003, pp. 414-416. World History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CX3403400140/WHIC?u=carnegielib&xid=f2c878c3. Accessed 19 Dec. 2016.

“Winter of our content: pagans celebrate the solstice.” Sydney Morning Herald [Sydney, Australia], 21 June 2014, p. 4. World History in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A372065261/WHIC?u=carnegielib&xid=e0a0b7bf. Accessed 19 Dec. 2016.