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December 6, 2022

Fasts and feasts: how the holidays are celebrated around the world

The end of one calendar year and start of a new one is a time where many holidays are observed, from numerous cultures and faiths. Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa – there are many you may of heard of, and some you might not have!

This collection of library resources will help you explore and improve your understanding of the many fasts, feasts and festivals taking place around the world.

The Jewish way: living the holidays

A comprehensive and inspiring presentation of Judaism as revealed through it’s holy days.

Festivals, holy days, and saints’ days

A study in origins and survivals in church ceremonies and secular customs.

Come to the party! Malay Muslim festivals

Join Max and his Malay friend, Ahmad, as they celebrate Hari Raya Eidil Fitri and observe the sacrifices of Hari Raya Eidil Adha. Discover the layout of the mosque and the significance of the traditional greeting with a salam.

Chinese new year

Islamic festivals and celebrations

Celebrations of a multicultural Australia

Explore our book display of holiday and festival themed resources at Waurn Ponds.

Explore our book display of holiday and festival themed resources at Waurn Ponds.

Merry everything

It’s Christmas Eve and the world is buzzing with busy. With baubles to hang, shimmer to drape and scrumptious treats to prepare, enjoy this peek inside the festive homes of animals all over the world. From deer baking gingerbread to elephants gobbling candy canes and ducks snapping crackers, join these adorable creatures as they celebrate the togetherness that is Christmas.

How the Grinch stole Christmas

The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway. Could Christmas be more than presents?

Creative Christmas: simple crafts from many lands

Presents easy-to-follow instructions for numerous traditional Christmas decorations and gifts from such countries as England, Japan, Italy, Denmark, and Germany.

Neal-Schuman guide to celebrations and holidays around the world

That Christmas feeling

Dottie is waiting for the Christmas feeling to arrive – that fizzy, excited feeling, where everything is a bit magical. But this year, Dottie, her brother, Jem, and their dog, Shortbread, are staying with Grandma and Grandpa. Grandma and Grandpa are trying hard, but Christmas just isn’t the same… A gorgeous, heart-warming story about misplacing the Christmas spirit, and finding it again.

Faiths and their festivals

A guide to religions and celebrations in our multicultural society.

Join in the holiday spirit

Our Waurn Ponds Campus Library team have put together a fun activity to celebrate the holidays – rainbow paper chain making! Staff, students and the public can come along and make a couple of links to add to the big chain that will be decorating our Service Desk. You can also add a holiday message to the chain if youy’d like. The chains will be promoting LGBTQI+ inclusion and be environmentally friendly!

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