December 1st-24th Advent:
Advent is a season of spiritual preparation in observance of the birth of Jesus. In Western Christianity, it starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. In Eastern Christianity, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November. Many Christians purchase an Advent wreath that include four candles that will be lit each Sunday before Christmas.
December 7th: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:
On December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II. The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. We remember this day and all the brave men and women who fought during World War II to end the evils of the Nazi Regime.
December 21: The Winter Solstice:
Today is the Winter Solstice, also known as the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. For Pagans and Wiccans this is a celebration focusing on rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings as the sun makes way back to the earth. A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky.
December 22nd- December 30th Hanukkah:
Happy Hanukkah to all in our Scholars' Community who are celebrating this holiday which begins Sunday, December 22nd and lasts until Monday December 30th.
At the centre of the Festival of Lights is the lighting of the menorah - a nine candelabra - on the first night of Hanukkah. The remaining candles are lit on consecutive nights and by the eighth night of Chanukah all the candles have been lit.
Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, an army of Jewish rebels, who reclaimed the Temple of Jerusalem from the Seleucid Greek King Antiochus.
To celebrate the Maccabees sought to light the Temple’s Menorah, however they only found a one-day supply of oil.
Surprisingly the one-day supply lasted for eight days which was enough time to prepare new oil under conditions of ritual purity and tradition.
Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate!
December 25 - Christmas:
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, many families celebrate Christmas with a Service on Christmas Eve. Many cultures celebrate with Santa Clause, that is based on St. Nicholas, traditions believe a man in a red suit will bring gifts for children who have been good and coal to those who have been “naughty”. Many people will give and receive gifts to family and friends and celebrate with dinners and gatherings. Our students kick-started the holiday season with an amazing donation of toys that will be donated to children in NYC Homeless Shelters.
On behalf of The Scholars' Academy, We hope you all enjoy your time off, Have a Merry Christmas.
December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa:
Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage. Many people will dress in Afeican clothing and decorate their homes in African artwork, this is a cultural holiday and not a religious ones so it can be celebrated by Africans from all religious backgrounds. On behalf of The Scholars' Academy, We hope all who celebrate have a Happy Kwanzaa
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020:
We hope you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year we will see all students and staff back on January 2, 2020.