Do you want to know how the different religious groups celebrate Christmas? The Woman Post invites you to learn about their innermost beliefs.
The Woman Post | Rafael Ricardo Lopez Marti
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Christmas is one of the most important days celebrated by some countries in the world. However, not all nations commemorate these holidays. Every religion has a set of traditions and beliefs, even myths have been created of how do they enjoy Christmas and whether they celebrate it. For this reason, we show you how they do it and on what date.
A study published in the Pew Research Center called "Christians in Europe die faster than they are born," reveals that by 2015, Christianity reached the top of the list with 31.2% of people in the world. Next, with 24.1% Muslims, 15.1% Hindus, 6.9% Buddhists, 5.7% popular religions, 0.8% other religions, 0.2% Jews, and finally, the remaining 15.1% are not affiliated with any religion.
On the other hand, to be more exact, the macro data indicate that of 193 countries Christianity has 54.40% of believers, Islam 24.38%, Hinduism 2.28%, syncretism 1.07%, Buddhism 4.23%, animism 3.64%, and Judaism 0.45%. Both studies highlight the world's most powerful religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. The largest religious population with the most believers in the world is Christianity. However, the report also shows that the youngest populations are Muslims and Hindus.
New Year's Celebration: A Christian Christmas
This religious holiday celebrates the birthday of Christ and at that time God is praised for all he gave us during the year. Christmas is performed by Christians on December 25, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, usually, with Christmas trees, stars, garlands, lights, Santa Claus, manger, Christmas wreath, among others.
Ashura, the Most Important Islamic Event
Muslim celebration: This event is celebrated on the tenth day of Muharram, that is, the martyrdom of Imam Husayn, which is the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Believers commemorate this day with the considerable abstinence that Moses repaid, thanks to the deliverance of the people of Israel from the Egyptians.
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Diwali, the Festival of Light
Hindu solemnity: This important ceremony celebrates the arrival of Lord Rama, after 14 years he frees his wife who was kidnapped by the demon king Ravana. That is why the veneration is called the Festival of Lights because the road back home was illuminated by millions of lamps. This event takes place from November 2 to 6 and the key day is November 4.
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights or Luminaries
Jewish commemoration: The Jewish holidays this year will begin on Monday, November 29 until Monday, December 6, according to the Gregorian calendar Hanukkah means inauguration and is celebrated on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev. Although, consistent with Christian holidays and is a miracle for the Jewish people, Hanukkah is not a Jewish Christmas. In addition, the Jewish community celebrates the Feast of Lights with an 8-armed chandelier, where each of the candles is lit daily during the 8 days of the celebration.
The Holiday of Rosh Hashanah, New Year's Week
Jewish holiday: For Jews, the end of the year festivities begin on September 6 and celebrates the creation of the world and individuals, according to the Hebrew calendar. People perform examinations of conscience and ask God for forgiveness to leave behind the sins of the past, to have a spiritual balance, and face the next year with positive energies.
Let us gladly celebrate in every religion all the festivities in this 2021 and welcome the New Year 2022!