Throughout the year, Chandler students get excited about traveling and spending time with family and friends. Our community is proud to have such a diverse group of people who share their holiday celebrations.
While some students celebrated Christmas, others got ready fo the new year and welcomed other special holidays. Each of these holidays is unique, but a common message of family links all of them. Take a look at some of these upcoming festivals and holidays that will be celebrated in 2017.
Chinese New Year takes place on Jan. 28 and is known as the “Spring Festival.” This festival is significant because it honors ancestors. It is said that it is tradition to clean one’s house to sweep away the “bad fortune” and bring in “good fortune” for the upcoming year. Relatives have feasts and light lanterns to celebrate the festive event.
The International Day of Peace takes place on Sept. 21 and focuses on all countries working together to bring peace and make the world a safer place.
This holiday takes place on Oct. 19. This celebration is often referred to as the “Festival of Lights.” This beautiful celebration honors the forces of light over the forces of dark. It is tradition to place small clay dishes around the home and light them with tea lights. Nivea Krishnan, a ninth-grader at Hamilton, stated, “My family celebrates Diwali and I really enjoy the celebration and the lights.”
Día de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated on Oct. 31. The day is often filled with colorful festivals, artwork and ceremonies. Día de los Muertos honors family members who died and encourages loved ones to place food, beverages and pictures at their graves.
In 2017, this holiday will take place from Dec. 12 to Dec. 20. Hanukkah is known as the “Feast of Dedication” and lasts for eight days and nights. The eight-branched menorah is lit each night and families eat food and play the dreidel.
This holiday is celebrated on Dec. 25 and is a special time to spend with family and friends and give to one another. To those who are religious, the holiday is also important because it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Ninth grader Abby Luma said her family has many traditions. “My family and I always go to Vincitorios for dinner on Christmas Eve, and then we go home and all open one present for the night.”
Overall, these distinct holidays are celebrated all around the world and each person has a story to tell about their family’s festivals and cultural holidays that they celebrate.