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DIRECTIONS Winter is the season of many special celebrations around the world. Visit these Web sites to discover some of the wonderful traditions and festivities celebrated in different cultures. First, print out the crossword puzzle so you can write down your answers. (Click on the puzzle for a printable version.) Then click on the links below to find the answers to the questions.

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The Hindu festival Diwali is celebrated all over _. This five-day holiday honors the Goddess of prosperity. It falls in October or November, during the Hindu month of Ashwin.

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Guadelupe Day is the most important religious festival in __. On December 12 each year, people gather at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadelupe, where a vision of the Virgin Mary was seen.

         
6   The Chinese New Year is celebrated with a joyous parade led by a silk __, the Chinese symbol of strength.

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The African-American celebration of Kwanzaa lasts seven days, from December 26 to January 1. Each day, a candle is lit in honor of one of the seven principles. The first principle is Umoja, which means __.

         
9   Christmas is the Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus was born in the town of __.

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3. The most important holiday in Japan is __, which celebrates the New Year. On New Year's night, bells are rung 108 times at Buddhist shrines and temples around the country.

         
11   Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. (In 2000, it begins in November.) During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the daylight hours, eating only in the evening. Keeping the fast is one of the Five Pillars of Faith in the religion.

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On St. Lucia Day (December 13) in Sweden, girls and boys bring cakes and coffee to homes and offices in honor of Saint Lucia. These processions are led by a young girl wearing a crown of green leaves with seven glowing _.

         
13   The word Kwanzaa comes from a phrase that means “first ” in Swahili, an East African language.

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How do you say Merry Christmas in Spanish? “Feliz Navidad!” In France, they'd say: “Joyeux !”

         
14   One of the best-known symbols of Hanukkah is the dreidel. A dreidel is a four sided top with a _ letter on each side.

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Legends of Santa vary around the world. In Australia, where it's summertime in December, it is said Santa's sleigh is pulled by eight white .

         
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Santa Claus has different names in countries around the globe. In __, he's called “Father Christmas.”

           
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Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, usually falls in December. Hanukkah honors an event that took place over two thousand years ago: a small group of Jews defeated the Syrians to preserve their heritage. Hanukkah lasts eight days. Each night, a candle on the __ is lit.

           

 

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