Free Printable Hanukkah Crafts, Games, Puzzles

Hanukkah (also spelling Chanukah as it is pronounced) is the Jewish Festival of Light for Jewish people. It begins at sundown in late November or to mid December on the western calendar. For 2012, Chanukah begins Dec. 8. It runs for eights days and ends on December 16. On the Hebrew calendar Hanukkah always falls on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Hanukkah is not the "Jewish Christmas." It celebrates an ancient event that took place during the Maccabeen Revolt (about 167-160 B.C. or BCE) under Judas Maccabeus. This little army was fighting to recover the temple from the mighty Syrian army. It was a pretty lopsided struggle. God caused the lights to remain lit and the oil not to run out for eight days, thus aiding the brave Jews. The lighting of the nine-branch menorah (the ninth candle is called the Shammash candle and is used the light the others) commemorates this event. This story can be found in the Catholic version of the Bible in the book of Maccabees.  Here are free printable crafts and activities to celebrate Hanukkah.  read more

Printable Thanksgiving Party Crafts, Table Decor

Fa La La La La---oops, wrong holiday! I'm getting ahead of myself. Here are free Thanksgiving Day printables and crafts that focus on fall harvest, native Americans and pilgrims. And we can't forget turkeys! The internet is your one-stop of cute for free holiday craft activities. Have printer will craft! Click here for Thanksgiving coloring pages, party decorations, centerpieces, cornucopias, pilgrim and American Indian decor and more. Just right for home, school, work or church parties! And don't forget seniors--they love Thanksgiving crafts. Free Printable Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities

Printable Diwali Party Decorations, Crafts

Diwali, is a five-day Hindu new year "festival of lights." It's also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains. Diwali, or Deepavali, honors Lakshmi (goddess of prosperity) and Ganesha, the elephant-headed goddess (shown left). Diwali is a time of meditation, called puja, followed by festivities and feasting. Special sweets called "mithai" are served. In sanskrit, Diwali means "garland of lights." So candles figure heavily in Diwali decor. Diwali 2012 is celebrated from November 13-17 in the western calendar (Ashwin to early Kartika in the Indian calendar). Here are printable party decorations for Diwali celebrations. Free Printable Diwali Party Decorations

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