One of my familyâ€™s favorite things is to celebrate religious holidays from around the world. It started with Muslim and Jewish holidays, and we’ve slowly added other holidays. Hereâ€™s our current schedule:
Jan/Feb- Chinese New Year (along with Vietnamese, Mongolian, etc)
March 21- Nawruz (Zoroastrian new year)
April/May- Holy Week and Easter
May (first full moon of the month)- Vesak (celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha)
July 13-15- O Bon (Shinto)
Aug/Sep- Paryushana (Jain)
Sep/Oct- Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot
Oct/Nov- Diwali (Sikh and Hindu)
various Muslim holidays whenever they fall
Our plan hasnâ€™t been perfected yet; Diwali is a bit tricky because Sikhs and Hindus are rather different. Since I don’t know any Buddhists or Jains, we’re not very good at Vesak and Paryushana. But it’s been a fun experience for our family and we like to invite others to join us. It’s a simple way to teach my young children about other religions before theyâ€™re ready to formally study them. But I’m careful to not let each holiday just be a party with good food. I picked holidays with significant religious (well, Chinese New Year might not quite apply) meaning because the goal here is to learn about other religions, and not so much about other cultures, although that happens too.
Are there holidays from other religions that you celebrate, or that youâ€™ve celebrated in the past?