Religious New Year's Celebrations (Holidays and by Ann Morrill

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38 Religious New Year’s Celebrations Regional Traditions and Customs a a a 12341234123412341234123 Asia The continent with the greatest diversity of religious new year’s celebrations is Asia. With one-third of the Earth’s land and three-fi fths of its people, Asia is the largest continent in the world. It is also the most complex. Made up of a multitude of cultures and religions, including Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism, it is a place where various traditions must live side-by-side, each working to preserve its own individuality while respecting that of the others around it.

Divali: A Festival of Lights for the Hindu New Year 21; The Law of Karma Reincarnation is the Hindu belief that when a human or an animal dies, its soul is reborn in a different body (other thought systems also include a belief in reincarnation). A soul can be reborn many times in many different bodies. How well or badly someone lives their life will determine what kind of animal or person they will be in the next life. This accumulated good or bad behavior is known as karma. The Fifth and Last Day of Divali The final day of Divali is known as Bhai Dooj, or Brother’s Day.

In 1850 an artist documented one of the largest, called a “harrier-hawk” kite. 94 yards), and had a mask representing a tattooed face attached to it. Priests or men of knowledge also constructed sacred kites using rituals that were kept secret from those outside the priesthood. These sacred kites (manu whara) were viewed as a way of seeing beyond the boundaries of the everyday world and looking into the future. They were launched with special chants and ceremonies. This spiritual component of kiteflying is reflected in many Maori myths that feature characters trying to soar to heaven by grabbing hold of a kite, or by using a kite to fly across the land.

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