2016 Season's Readings Through the Festivals of Light
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The Library's December display is called "Season's Readings Through the Festivals of Light." Reading resources for each celebration (11 celebrations total' listed roughly in order of occurrence) are below. Celebrate with a story, poem, book, or article!

 

I. Diwali:

II. Loi Krathong Festival:

    •   "The Loy Krathong Festival honors the water goddess and is held on the full-moon night of the 12th lunar month. Celebrants float foam and other buoyant constructions of lotus-shaped offerings on rivers, lakes, or ponds to show their respect for the life-giving power of water and to apologize for polluting it." (borrowed from the Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices, 2015)
    • "Floating Dreams – Loy Krathong, Thailand's Most Beautiful Holiday Festival" from Thailand for Children

 III. St. Nicholas Day:

 

IV. Santa Lucia:

V. Las Posadas and Christmas in Mexico

VI. Star Wars

VII.  Winter Solstice

"The winter solstice, the day the "sun stands still," marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year, and it comes either on December 20th or 21st. Celebrations honoring the winter solstice as a moment of transition and renewal date back thousands of years and occur among many peoples on every continent."


"The Return of the Light makes an ideal companion for everyone who carries on this tradition, no matter what their faith. Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales—from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia—that honor this magical moment."


 "These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light."

VIII.  Hanukkah

VIX.  Christmas:

    •  Click here for Christmas stories or see attached document. Each title has a QR code that takes you to the text, audio, or video of the  story. Some have more than one!
    • Literary Advent Calendar from BookRiot: Books, stories, poems, and essays
    • If you haven't read Boris and Stella by Dara Goldman, this could be a good year to give it a whirl!

X. Kwanzaa

XI.  New Year of the Gregorian calendar

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