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|Originally posted by amyrpk
Just a coincidence?
December 25th is Christmas.
Kislev 25th is the first night of Chanuka.
|Originally posted by HipMomma3913
The Early Chuch moved the celebration of Jesus birth to the Winter to compete with the Mystery Traditions of Osiris, Dionysus, Attis, and Mithras (all divine Son/Gods born to virgins, BTW) and make it easier to compete with Pagan faiths and convert people.
For more info, read "The Jesus Mysteries" by Tim Freke
|Originally posted by applejuice
Purim, a celebration similar to Fat Tuesday, is a month (lunar cycle) before Passover, and is followed by a period of cleansing the home environs and then fasting immediately before Passover.
All of these seasonal celebrations have roots in the pagan traditions that existed before.
|... by kama'aina mama
... was the refusal to use the Jewish calender to designate Easter a mark of anti-Semitism at the time (and hey, have some Easter ham!) or was it simply matter of wanting to always celebrate Easter on a Sunday? ...
|Originally posted by Meiri
BB, I'm nowhere near annoyed, but respectfully, there is More than just Christmas going on even if you leave out Chanukah, the occasional Eid, or Diwali(which I think actually comes in November?).
For our family Christmas is a secular American-cultural celebration of Giving. For me the sacredness occurs on the Solstice when the Sun "returns" and the days start slowly getting longer even as the cold season settles in in earnest and deepens. That is NOT Christmas. That does occur at this time of year.
|Originally posted by kama'aina mama
Christianity is clearly rooted in Judiasm many of our specific holy days are very easy to trace to Pagan roots, at least calender-wise. So I found myself curious. Is that because of the strong attempts to court the Pagan populations when these dates were being codified or is it a rejection of the Jews.
|But I am b/c no one here ever seemed to take me up on my rec of those books, but as soon as YOU did, goosefeather said she would go get them.|
|Originally posted by KeysMama
The Ramadan celebration period According to the Holy Quran:
is a time one may eat and drink at any time during the night "until you can plainly distinguish a white thread from a black thread by the daylight: then keep the fast until night"
---again the universal celebration of light and dark