Diverse December Holidays
Tolerance and esteem for all cultures is the focus of our Cultural Diversity Program.
EACH DECEMBER, we celebrate the various cultural Holiday Observances practiced in our country. We will be highlighting the following holidays:
Christmas: The Christian Celebration of the birth of Jesus
Hanukah: The Jewish Festival of Freedom and Deliverance
Kwanzaa: The African-American Celebration of Unity and Self-Determination
Rahmadan: The Islamic Observance of Devotion to God
Happy New Year: The New Years Celebrations in Vietnam, Korea Japan, & China
We use Costumes, musical instruments, storytelling, and a large screen video to familiarize the students with the wonderful significance of these holidays; This program is suitable for grades K-8.
SEQUENCE OF THE HOLIDAY SHOW
Putting on clothing worn by my Ukrainian grandparents, I describe how they celebrated their Jewish holiday Hanukah even though this Holiday was forbidden by law.
By putting three student volunteers in native costumes, I demonstrate how Christmas is celebrated in Sweden, Germany, and Mexico.
Based on the 0. Henry story "Gift of the Magi," I tell a story of sacrifice and friendship made by two Irish schoolgirls during the Christmas Holiday season. The holiday of Kwanzaa is presented through a demonstration of the artifacts and principles on which this holiday is based, in addition to a student-volunteer demonstration of African musical instruments.
A 5 minute large screen video is screened, including information on Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, as well as Rahmadan and the Asian New Year celebrations.
For grades K-3, we use audience volunteers to tell a story about a young boy who must "learn the meaning" of these December Holidays or risk losing all his Holiday gifts We use puppets, costumes, & music.
Scott McDonald, Principal, Pine Acres Elementry (K-5), Wenonah, NJ 856-464-1260
Theresa Benjamin, Teacher, JT Lambert Middle (6-8) Strousberg, PA 570-424-8430
Julie Andreolo, Principal, Oakview Elementry (K-5), Bloomfield, NJ 973-680-8590
Last December, we presented this program at 31 schools. See more references or contact us.