Celebrate the meaning of Christmas with your children
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More religious festivals at Christmas time


Muslims do not celebrate Christmas, but they may give children presents. The Koran, the Muslim Holy Book, does recognize the miraculous birth of Jesus. Ramadan also sometimes falls during the Christmas period.

Orthodox religions fast before Christmas. A period of fasting (repentence ad purification) always precedes major Orthodox festivals. The Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on 6th January and not on 25th December, because it retains the Julian Calendar (introduced by Julius Cesar) which came before the Greogorian Calendar we use (which was introduced in 1572 when Pope Gregory XIII came to power).

The Hindu festival of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated in October or November by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. This 5-day festival involves beautiful lights, decorations, fireworks and sweets and is always enjoyed by children. Light displays in London, Leicester and Derby are worth seeing if you're out shopping.


Sarah Horrocks
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