Is this really Christmas? For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.
This paper would zoom in into the complexity of the ritual as a feature of Yom Kippur. The ritual for atonement is a long process rich in symbolism that helped shaped religion and culture. The researcher would critically examine its complexity. Its complexity is an avenue for men to reflect of their sins, and really seek repentance. This is because atonement and repentance, although closely related, are two different things.
The first differences are the decorations. Thanksgiving is more of a fall color scheme. Decorations include: yellow and orange colors, pilgrims, squash, shucked corn, and other fall related items. On the other hand Christmas decorations include: red and green colors, evergreen trees, ornaments, lights, tinsel, stockings, Santa and many others, The second difference is why each holiday is celebrated. “The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter.
They left us without a trace, and now we are their trace” -Elie Wiesel. Wiesel succeeds in demonstrating that the Holocaust and the period of time which surrounded it “would be judged one day.” He composes his experiences into a heart rending memoir: from Night; believing that he needed to be the “bear witness.” The word “night” means the period of darkness in each twenty-four hours. The use of the metaphor night marks the end of most people’s normal lives.During 1933 all Jews, homosexuals, and Roma (Gypsies) were sent to concentration camps. A concentration camp is a place where large numbers of people are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution. Consequently, Night also represents the descending darkness of a complete absence of humanity and compassion.
On my life, Hester, I made my entreaty to the worship magistrate that it might be done forthwith” (Hawthorne 153). Although the scarlet letter and the Swastika have concrete meanings, importance fades over time. It points out the pointlessness of symbols used as a punishment and, even though iconic, holds little meaning to the person as time passes. Commonly, a symbol commences as a principle object of discussion, usually based on rational inquiry and deliberation. The scarlet letter undergoes three distinct changes throughout the book, much like the Swastika throughout cultures.
As studied by Janet Siskind, the American Thanksgiving celebration is actually a very detailed ritual that contains many symbols. Similar to other rituals, the holiday reinforces certain social structures and “…reaffirms values and assumptions about cultural and social unity, about identity and history, about inclusion and exclusion” (168). The Thanksgiving ritual is centered around a return home, as people traveled from their urban homes back to their rural home to meet with their larger family. As a result, “the household became the site of ritual performance…” (175). The goal of the Thanksgiving ritual was to reaffirm the family and renew traditional ties, especially as more people had started moving into the cities around the time that the holiday became popular in the United States (176).
The believe in the reality of karma and and in the consequences of their actions. Its objectives pointed towards stilling of emotions and conflict and eternal peace (26 McLeod). Like the Sant Tradition, Sikhism emphasizes on the role of the work one does, in the life after death. Guru Nanak was also said to be an exponent of Sufi Islam (27 McLeod). Sufism is a mystical Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God (Britannica 2010).
The Evolution of New Year's Eve New year celebration is one the oldest events observed in the history of the world. The Babylonians were the first to observe it some 4000 years ago. They were followed by the Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and the Greeks. However, each had their own ways and reasons for the celebrations. Even the dates of observation were different.
We have different kinds of festivals and holidays, therefore one of the most amazing and joyful holidays are New Year, but in the past time people never celebrate that day, but only they dreamed about Santa Claus. Nowadays everyone celebrate that day with a great pleasure. New Year is one of the oldest festive occasions, which is universally celebrated. It is the time when people celebrate the arrival of the forthcoming year and bid goodbye to the year that has passed by. New Year is celebrated all over the world, though not necessarily on 1st of January.