Holiday Education

We celebrate so many different holidays but we don’t know the origins of so many of them. Some holidays we may have heard of but don’t quite know what they are for. I like my children to know why we celebrate certain days and understand other cultures around the world. That is why I have compiled this list of holidays with videos to explain the holiday or the origins of the holiday.  I use YouTube for many quick lessons for things like this and have had it stored in my google drive for quite a while but maybe some of you guys would like to use it as well.

 

January

 

History of New Year’s Day :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA1ObaFVvLc

 

Why we celebrate Martin Luther King Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyurjhRNOmw

 

February

 

Why do people celebrate Groundhog Day? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUDnrsk1Ap4

 

Why is February so short? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgKaHTh-_Gs

 

Why do people celebrate Valentine’s Day? :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neb7dbPW0Sk

 

What and when is the Chinese New Year? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asluM20g6rk

More information on Chinese New Year celebrations : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciE5Q4j0wYo

This is what a Chinese New Year’s parade looks like : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiFeXRxA1vM

 

Why does America celebrate President’s Day? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhDlkeqmtO0

 

What is Ash Wednesday? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn80Di-ptnI

More information about Ash Wednesday : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSSp_wdb7Aw

 

What is Lent? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akkQCnZAwWI

People give up certain things on lent. Here are examples of things some kids decided to give up for lent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBKzg5fq6Uo

 

March

 

What is Daylight Savings time? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkXqFg6mvrI 

Why do people celebrate St Patrick’s Day? :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40BlVzjxu-I

More information about St Patrick’s Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXmxooGQ_Dg

 

April

 

What are the origins of April Fools’ Day? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhVCTkpVX2Y

 

What is Earth Day and how did it originate? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WA8FpGI5Sw

 

How do people celebrate Passover and why do they celebrate it? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlSVShBAVtw

 

What is Good Friday? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3DLoA0mgIg

 

What are the origins of Easter? Why do we celebrate with an Easter bunny and Easter eggs? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJYXMIJrhRI

 

What is Arbor Day and how did it originate? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQOBqhRkKik

 

May

 

What is May Day? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYc6p1c5__E

More information about May Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2xg6nOVPPA

 

Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIICWQyK72Y

 

What are the origins of Mother’s Day? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k64ttIyUFvs

 

What is Memorial Day and how did it originate? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRXrfs0f1Fo

More information about Memorial Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mPk1WI-eTA

More information about Memorial Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA8I1bNsIKc

 

June

 

What is Ramadan? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-zZvH_mXTw

What are the origins of Flag Day and what is it for? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMwjjmjwQmw

What are the origins of Father’s Day? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms8gPlBgcNM

What is Juneteenth and why is it celebrated? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa5DCimT5c4

July

 

Why do we celebrate July 4th? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIoYdC1Gkq8

August

 

September

 

What is Yom Kippur? :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQN9ym9DfDs

 

Why do we celebrate Labor Day and what are its origins?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJamea576YY

More information on Labor Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zAAgSRBmMI

 

October

What are the origins of Columbus Day and why do we celebrate it? * Not the traditional Christopher Columbus that is often taught* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=absDgsmPIXY

 

What are the origins of Halloween and why do we celebrate it?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-VRAemIvbI

 

What is El Dia de los Muertos .. Mexico .. Oct 31 – Nov 2 https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/dia-de-los-muertos/  

More information about El Dia de los Muertos… a bit scary :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2vJz68CK04

 

November

 

Why do we celebrate Veterans Day? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymCa1eB_qLA

More information about Veterans Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWD4Oy6fKlo

More information about Veterans Day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA8I1bNsIKc

 

What are the origins of Thanksgiving? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haJzFXmmroo

December

Lessons for everyday of the month up until Christmas Eve

Dec 1 Our Lady of Guadalupe .. Mexico  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yS2fN3rk9k

 

Dec 2 More information on Our Lady of Guadalupe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy4Av9aAJIc&t=15s

 

Dec 3 St Lucia Day.. Sweden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgxZS4mWSrw

 

Dec 4 Hanukkah .. What is a menorah http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/Summaries/Tetzaveh/Menorah/menorah.html

 

Dec 5 Hanukkah, Jewish, what is the holiday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvFqBimGuIQ

 

Dec 6  How do people celebrate Hanukkah? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3BqoXR-SGw 

Dec 7 Hanukkah celebration : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU5mRHSzI_w&t=169s 

 

Dec 8 Three Kings Day .. France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLD1mOJcXlc

 

Dec 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yu5LhOvjz8 this holiday leads up until the start of lent which is a time of fasting

 

Dec 10 Boxing Day .. England and British descendants, Australia, Canada, Ireland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJrHXdF39KQ

 

Dec 11 origins of Boxing Day  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L99hWdZGelI

 

Dec 12 Kwanzaa .. American holiday in some black communities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aEbpFb1HZY

 

Dec 13 more information on Kwanza https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3xmOG4pcwU

 

Dec 14 More information on Kwanza https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIG__pxYB0A

 

Dec 15 Omisoka .. Japan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1v5CAAjiVM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-GSw2e40p0

 

Dec 16 Diwali..India https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPwmXRws7FA 

Dec 17 Why do we use a Christmas tree? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dOo2XKgqH0

 

Dec 18 Who are the three wise men? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDkt2kOfFMw

 

Dec 19 The 12 Days of Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOwyMIoG5KI&list=PLU_3eMWMGreJKDes3GcwqHAxvBqMQ2UMd&index=9

 

Dec 20 caroling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiNPws91Pyw&list=PLU_3eMWMGreJKDes3GcwqHAxvBqMQ2UMd&index=12

 

Dec 21 candy canes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKn1lK101IE&index=14&list=PLU_3eMWMGreJKDes3GcwqHAxvBqMQ2UMd

 

Dec 22 Christmas card tradition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kmTuIy5orY&list=PLU_3eMWMGreJKDes3GcwqHAxvBqMQ2UMd&index=15

 

Dec 23 Christmas lights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwUjcRBSa1Y&list=PLU_3eMWMGreJKDes3GcwqHAxvBqMQ2UMd&index=16

 

Dec 24 origins of Santa Claus 

 https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/fatherchristmas.shtml

 

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