This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on Religious Holidays & Winter Festivals. total number of slides in the presentations is 57. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
There are currently three major, overlapping festivals that occur annually during the month of December; Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Christmas, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity; Hanukkah, celebrates the Maccabees's victory over King Antiochus, who forbade Jews to practice their religion; and Kwanzaa, is celebrated December 26-January 1, to commemorate African heritage.
Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For 2 millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day, December 25th as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus the Christ, the founder of Christianity. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and it remembers the re-dedication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 160’s BCE. Hanukkah is the Jewish word for 'dedication'. The Hanukkah celebration last for 8 days and starts on the 25th of Kislev, the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs at about the same time as December. Because the Jewish calendar is lunar, Kislev can happen from late November to late December.
Kwanzaa is a 7-day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history. It is the newest festival of the three. It was created by in 1966. Dr. Karenga wanted a way to bring African Americans together and remember their black culture. Harvest or 'first fruit' festivals are celebrated all over Africa. These have been combined for Kwanzaa and takes place from December 26th to January 1st. Kwanzaa is mostly celebrated in the USA.
Power point #1 is entitled, Celebrating Winter Festivals - Christmas, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa and contains 41 slides and covers the following:
Celebrating Winter Festivals: Christmas
Roots in Ancient Celebrations
The Romans & Saturnalia
The Romans & Juvenalia
The Early Christians
Feast of the Nativity
“Recreating” Christmas in the US
“A Christmas Carol”
An American Christmas
Celebrating Winter Festivals: Hanukkah
The Story Behind Hanukkah
Temple Cleaned Up
Lighting of the Candles
Displaying the Menorah
Presents & Games
Celebrating Winter Festivals: Kwanzaa
7 Principles of Kwanzaa
7 Symbols Used in Kwanzaa (2)
Other Symbols & Greetings
End of Presentation
The exact date of Jesus birth is unknown. The dates that we use now were set by Monks and religious leaders in the Middle Ages, in the middle of winter in December. It is more than strange that today, “snow and ice” have become such a part of the Christmas narrative.
There was no snow or ice in the Christmas story as told in the Bible. In addition, more and more scholars, place Jesus birth September or October during Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, which occurs in the autumn not in the winter. Also, the “Census” would have most likely taken place during the spring or autumn, at a when many pilgrims, from all over the country, came to visit Jerusalem.
As much as Christmas traditions have taught us, the first Christmas, was not a White Christmas!” More than likely the Victorians introduced “snow and ice” into the Christmas story but The Movies “The Christmas Story", "Holiday Inn" and "Frosty the Snowman,” help anchor snow and ice as part of the annual Christmas celebration! Snow and Ice festivals are held across the world especially, in the colder climates.
Power point #2 is entitled, Holidays – Celebrating Christmas Traditions – Why Snow & Ice and contains 16 slides and covers the following:
The First Christmas
How Did it all Start?
A “Christmas Carol”
The Story’s Impact
The British Royal Family
“White Christmas” (2)
Snow on Christmas Day
“Frosty, the Snowman”
“The Snowman” Film
Snow & Ice Festivals
Orlando’s Ice Festival
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading ….Holidays & Anniversaries.