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4 09, 2017

What’s the Lupercalia? Roman holidays – Religion

By |2019-02-14T08:10:07-07:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The decorated ceiling of the cave where people may have celebrated the Lupercalia, under the Palatine Hill in Rome. Februa parties in February In the time of the kings of Rome, about 600 BC (and maybe even earlier), when the people of central Italy were all shepherds and farmers and lived in villages, they got cold and bored during the rainy [...]

1 09, 2017

Eid al-Adha – Islamic holidays

By |2019-08-10T23:36:52-07:00September 1st, 2017|Islam, Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Eid al-Adha: an Islamic image of Abraham and Ishmael What is Eid al-Adha? Eid al-Adha is an Islamic holiday. It falls a few months after the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr. These two celebrations are the two most important holidays of the year for Islam, and of the two, this holiday is the [...]

25 08, 2017

Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah – Jewish holidays

By |2017-08-25T11:57:45-07:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Apples For thousands of years, the Jews celebrated their New Year around the beginning of spring, just like everybody else in West Asia. Passover was probably port of this old New Year celebration. Sometime before 100 AD, though, the Jews split off from this ancient tradition and began to celebrate a different new year, the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, [...]

25 08, 2017

History of Sukkot – Jewish holidays

By |2019-10-13T08:30:58-07:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

History of Sukkot- a Sukkah - a temporary house just for the holiday When did Sukkot get started? People along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea first began celebrating Sukkot probably at least six thousand years ago, when they were beginning to be farmers. History of farming History of the Jews Stone [...]

24 08, 2017

Jewish history – West Asian religion

By |2019-10-17T05:34:35-07:00August 24th, 2017|History, Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Jewish history: The Pharaoh's daughter picks Moses up out of his basket (synagogue at Dura Europos, Syria, 200s AD) Bible stories There are really three sets of articles here about the Jews and Judaism. First, there are the Bible stories. These articles tell the most important stories in simple words, using illustrations from [...]

24 08, 2017

Medieval Hanukkah – Jewish holidays

By |2019-08-05T08:30:24-07:00August 24th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

On the way to medieval Hanukkah: Arch of Titus: Roman soldiers carry off the big menorah from the Second Temple in Jerusalem (70 AD, but the arch was built in the 80s AD) The Second Temple destroyed In 70 AD, after the First Jewish Revolt, the Roman emperor Titus destroyed the Second Temple. Titus plundered the menorah along with [...]

23 08, 2017

Building a sukkah – Jewish holidays

By |2018-04-09T23:07:30-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Sukkah - a temporary house just for the holiday While you're learning about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, you can build your own Sukkah. You can build a Sukkah out of anything, except that the roof has to be made of plant material like branches, and it has to have gaps in it big enough to [...]

23 08, 2017

Christian vocabulary – what do the words mean?

By |2017-08-23T11:47:22-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion|0 Comments

Priest blessing people who have the plague As Christianity developed into a world religion, it also developed a lot of special words. These Christian words describe the different people involved. They name the rituals that these people do. Other words describe the places where they work. So what do all these special Christian [...]

14 08, 2017

Christmas – American holiday

By |2019-04-02T09:57:29-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Native American origins of Christmas Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Native American religion Why are there seasons? All our Native American articles Many people built stone structures [...]

7 06, 2017

Chinese New Year – Ancient China

By |2019-03-28T05:55:07-07:00June 7th, 2017|China, Religion|0 Comments

Chinese moon cakes for the New Year When did Chinese New Year get started? People in China probably started to celebrate the New Year - the beginning of farming in the spring - around the same time they started farming, about 3000 BC. Qingming Jie festival More Chinese religion All our China articles [...]