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Learn about the history behind holidays in various religions and cultures

  • Easter

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    A history of Easter and its traditions

  • History of Kwanzaa

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    History of Kwanzaa


  • History of Ramadan

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    History of Ramadan

    This is the holiest month in the Islamic lunar calendar. http://www.WatchMojo.com takes a look at the cultural and historical significance of Ramadan.

  • Passover

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    The story of passover through song.

  • The Hanukkah Story

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    The Hanukkah Story

    Watch more Happy Hanukkah videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/122-Happy-Hanukkah Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn the basic facts about an important Jewish holiday with a guide on how to understand the Hanukkah story. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Know the background Get the background information -- in 332 BCE, Alexander the Great of Greece conquered Jerusalem, leading to an extended period of foreign rule, during which Jews were mostly free to practice their religion as they pleased. Step 2: Recognize the ruler Understand the impact of Antiochus IV, who came to power in 175 BCE. Rather than promoting religious tolerance, he forced Jews to give up their practices and defiled their holy Temple in Jerusalem by offering a pig as a sacrifice. Step 3: Learn about the uprising Learn about the uprising. In 167 BCE, an elder named Mattathias started a revolt against Antiochus when he refused a Greek soldier's order to make a sacrifice to the Greek gods and killed the soldier instead. Step 4: Witness revolution Find out w

  • The History of Christmas

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    The History of Christmas

    History of Christmas (a Pagan Celebration) Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic peoples as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian (Julian) calendar was adopted. Some historians claim that the celebration is connected to the Wild Hunt or was influenced by Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival. Terms etymological equivalent to "Yule" are still used in the Nordic Countries for both the Christian Christmas, but also other religious holidays of the season. In modern times this has gradually lead to a more secular tradition under the same name as Christmas. Yule is also used in a lesser extent in English speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. In modern times, Yule is observed as a cultural festival and also with religious rites by some Christians and by some Neopagans. Credits: The History Channel No copyright infringement intended

  • The Story of Festivus

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    The Story of Festivus

    A festivus for the rest of us!