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A series of holidays are upon us, and many of them are favorites. Was your Halloween frighteningly fabulous?

Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, is celebrated in several countries on Oct. 31. For many kids, dressing up in kooky costumes, trick-or-treating and playing games or watching scary movies makes Halloween the best holiday of the year.

The following day, many people remember, celebrate and even try to communicate with loved ones who have left us. El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, originated south of the U.S.-Mexican border, but its popularity has spread into the United States.

Thanksgiving this year is Thursday, Nov. 28. First celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in America, the feast giving thanks for the abundance lasted for three days in October 1621!

Next up is Hanukkah, celebrated for eight days, beginning on Dec. 22 this year. It commemorates the Jews’ successful Maccabean Revolt against their oppressors and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Christmas is a favorite holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25 each year. While presents are great to give and get, Fuller Elementary fifth-grader Vanessa  Araiza says that it’s family time more than gifts that make it her favorite holiday. After  Thanksgiving, her family puts up the Christmas tree. She always hangs her squishy duck ornament close to the top. On Christmas Eve, she and her family go to her grandparents’ home, where they make tamales and enjoy them for an extra-special dinner. “We like the green corn ones,” Vanessa shares. But she also likes the sweet ones they make with strawberries or pineapple!

Chinese New Year happens on the new year of the lunar calendar. For 2020, it happens on Jan. 25. The years are divided into 12 animals, and this will be the Year of the Rat. Fireworks, dragon or lion dances and favorite Chinese food are always part of the celebrations.

So what’s your favorite holiday and what are some family traditions that go with it?

November 2019