Happy fall! Autumn is a time of year loved around the world. Here, stateside we usually hear about Halloween and Thanksgiving, but there are so many unique festivals celebrated this time of year. If you're already tired of hearing about "spooky scary skeletons" this is for you!
5 Autumn Holidays to Teach your Kids About
🕍 Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur: Rosh Hashana celebrates the Jewish New Year and ten days later, Yom Kippur is a solemn time of reflection and atonement. Many children have days off school to observe these holidays, but may not know why. Though Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism, they may only learn about Hanukkah in elementary school. Rosh Hashana was Sept 15-17, 2023 and Yom Kippur was Sept 24-25, 2023
🥮 Mid Autumn Festival: I used to live in Vietnam, so I have a very special place in my heart for this one. Many Asian countries celebrate this children's festival marking the harvest moon. There are dancing dragons and lions, lanterns, parades, and if you've ever wanted to try a mooncake, this is the time of year you can get them at the local Asian market (they are more savory than sweet). I'll put some photos below from Hanoi. Sept 29, 2023
🇲🇽 Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): This Mexican holiday has become more popular in the United States with movies like Coco featuring it. This family oriented holiday is a time to celebrate and remember the dead. Families gather together and share a meal at the gravesite of passed relatives. One of the main themes of Día de los Muertos is that death is a part of life. If your family has been grieving a loss, this is a great way to reframe your child's mindset. Nov 1-2, 2023
🏮 Diwali: Diwali is a festival of lights and the biggest holiday celebrated in India. Discover gorgeous traditions like Rangoli sand art (a satisfying part of YouTube my former students were obsessed with), fireworks, and lanterns. Nov 12, 2023
🛶 Bon Om Touk (Cambodian Water Festival): This is a great festival to discuss seasons and weather around the world. Bon Om Touk celebrates the end of monsoon season in Cambodia. This tropical festival is giving 4th of July more than trip to the pumpkin patch. People celebrate with boat races, concerts, and fireworks. Nov 26-28, 2023
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