New Year's Eve
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O-Shogatsu, which lasts January 1st through 3rd, is the traditional Japanese New Year. It is a time for reflection, family, friends, delicious foods and of course, fun!
An important New Year symbol and good luck charm for the Japanese is the Drauma doll, which has no pupils in its eyes. Tradition is to make a wish and paint the pupil of the left eye. If your wish comes true before the end of the year, you paint the right pupil.
The Daruma, which looks like a child's punching doll, reinforces the concepts of patience and persistence.
Kwanzaa - United States
Kwanzaa is an African-American harvest and community festival that has its roots in the civil rights era of the 1960s. It was founded as a way of reaffirming African-American identity, instilling knowledge and pride in African roots and reinforcing bonds among members of the community. Kwanzaa is devoted to seven principles, known collectively as Nguzo Saba: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith.
Pere Noel - France
The magic of Christmas can be seen everywhere in France. Children eagerly await Pere Noel (Father Christmas) who arrives on Christmas Eve to deliver presents.
After families return from Midnight Mass, they enjoy a feast called le reveillon, which often consists of ham, goose, oysters, cheese and a Yule Log cake.
Children set out shoes around the Christmas tree in anticipation of le Pere Noel who will fill them with goodies.
Join Pere Noel in Epcot's France and learn more about the Christmas traditions.
Sigrid and Christmas Gnome Julenissen - Norway
Christmas is a festive time in the "Land of the Midnight Sun". On Christmas Eve, farm animals are traditionally treated to the finest oats and barley.
An elf-like gnome named Julenissen lives in woods and barns across the countryside. He is the guardian of every family's welfare, so children leave a bowl of porridge in the hayloft during the holidays to thank him.
Enjoy Sigrid as she too, learns the magic of Julenissen and believes!
Taarji - Morocco
Two major holidays of Morocco are Eid-al-fitr and Eid al-Adha. One of Morocco's holiest celebrations is the month of Ramadan. The people also celebrate Ashura. Learn about the traditions and who knows.. you may end up in the show :)