What Are Some Religious Holidays?


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Some religious holidays are Easter, which is celebrated by Christians, the high holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, celebrated by Jews, and Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims. Each holiday involves various symbolic celebrations or acts and rituals.

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Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, usually occurring in late March or early April, and it is always on a Sunday. The holiday is traditionally celebrated by praying at church and having a feast with a symbolically slain Paschal lamb. In modern times, the holiday is symbolized by Easter egg hunts, rabbits and candy.

The high holidays of Judaism, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, both occur in the month of September. Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the Jewish New Year, which marks the day of the creation of Adam and Eve. Rosh Hashanah begins the 10-day period of repentance that is ended with Yom Kippur, known as the day of atonement. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated by praying in a synagogue, the symbolic blowing of the shofar (ram's horn) and the enjoyment of apples and honey, which symbolize the wish for a sweet year ahead. Yom Kippur is a day of repenting for sins also marked by praying in synagogue, but also by fasting for 24 hours, from sundown on the prior day until sundown on Yom Kippur.

Ramadan, celebrated by people of the Muslim faith, is a month-long holiday marked by fasting during sunlight hours and conducting activities of worship, such as praying at sunset before a nightly feast and making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

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