Using the academic role of schools as the guide, the following
websites may be of value for teachers in helping students to understand
their world and the beliefs and cultures of their neighbors.
Religious Expression in Schools - PDF file requires
This is the religious expression policy of the Fresno Unified School
December dilemma: What should schools do about Christmas?
This is a Charles Haynes’ article on issues related to schools
and the December holidays.
This is an article from the First Amendment Center about the constitutionally
proper manner for dealing with religious holidays in public schools.
The ‘December Dilemma’: December Holiday Guidelines
for Public Schools
This Anti-Defamation League site has a clearly written description
of religious holiday concerns and a set of suggestions for public schools
to follow during the holiday season in December.
This calendar describes and lists the dates for major religious holidays
for religions throughout the world.
This explanation describes the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of Bodhi
Day, as Siddhartha Gautama’s realization (Enlightenment) and
presentation of the Four Noble Truths.
Rohatsu [the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month] is a time when
Zen Buddhists commemorate the Buddha's enlightenment. It begins on
the 1st of December and ends on Rohatsu Day itself, the 8th of December.
Hanukkah: Festival of Lights
This award-winning web page was created to teach children about Hanukkah.
This site provides basic information on Hanukkah for young people including
celebrations, traditions, food and drink.
This History Channel site provides information on the history and traditions
Chanukah on the Net
Read the story of the Maccabees and Chanukah, learn about the Menorah,
and hear the music for "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" at this
Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Before the Christmas season "officially" begins on December
16, Mexicans join together for the festivities of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
on December 12. This is one of the most important dates in the Mexican
Origins of Christmas Traditions, Part One
This site attempts to trace the religious and historical origins for
various Christmas traditions practiced today in the U.S.
Christmas Trees and More
Here is a wealth of information about Christmas traditions of all kinds
and Christmas trees in particular.
Colonial Christmas Customs
Here is a brief account of Christmas in Colonial Virginia by the Williamsburg
History of Christmas
This History Channel site provides information about the history of
Christmas traditions, the evolution of Santa Claus, and about Christmas
Steps of Hajj, the Islamic Pilgrimage to Mecca
This About.com site has information about how pilgrims prepare for
the Hajj and what they do day-by-day.
The Hajj: Journey of Faith
About 2 million Muslims from more than 70 countries journey to the
holy city of Mecca each year to make the spiritual pilgrimage known
as the Hajj. This CNN site describes this journey of faith.
This Encyclopedia of the Orient site describes the elements and importance
of the Hajj.
Eid al Adha
Eid al-Adha celebrates the completion of the hajj (pilgrimage) rites
at Mina, Saudi Arabia, but is celebrated by Muslims throughout the
This History Channel site describes the history and traditions of Kwanzaa.
Brief History of Kwanzaa
There is a commercial on this page from the site sponsor but otherwise
it has very good brief information on the history of Kwanzaa.
Written specifically for young children, this site outlines the idea
behind and the values of Kwanzaa.
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS IN GENERAL
This page lists some of the main holy days of the 8 largest faiths
in the U.S.: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism,
Baha'i World Faith and Wicca. The advertisements on the site are distracting.