A Purim Celebration

by Teresa Narey

The holiday of Purim is arguably the most joyous day of the Jewish year. Purim marks the time that Queen Esther helped save the Jewish people from being harmed by Haman, a confidant to King Achashverosh, who did not agree with the customs of Jewish people. (You can read a detailed account of the story here.) If you are approaching Purim from a Christian lens, it is helpful to know that King Achashverosh is referred to as King Xerxes in the book of Esther in the New International Version of the Bible (it will also explain variations in the spellings of certain names).

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Lunar New Year 2019: Year of the Pig

by Teresa Narey

February 5, 2019 marks the first day of the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year.  The holiday begins on the night of the first new moon of the year and continues for the next several days, as the moon gets fuller.  For this reason, the holiday can occur in January or February, depending on the year and phase of the moon.  During this time, people celebrate with family by decorating their homes, eating special foods, and attending festivals.  They also do lots of cleaning, as this time of year marks the arrival of spring, and springtime is known for renewal.

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Vibrant and Sweet: Celebrating Diwali

by Teresa Narey

A quick Internet search for Diwali (pronounced dee-VAH-lee) yields many results that compare this Indian holiday to Christmas. While the bright colors and flowers associated with India’s most cherished festival may not immediately draw up images of a snowy Christmas, its emphasis on sweets, gift-giving, and spirituality will certainly resonate with you.

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