Tag Archives: Holidays 2012

Eid ul fitr 2012 / Hari Raya Puasa 2012 / Lebaran 2012

Eid ul fitr is a Muslim holiday which marks the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting under Islamic traditions, which requires practitioners to fast from dawn to sunset for an entire month. The word “Eid” is an Arabic word which means festivity or festival and the word “Fitr” is an Arabic word which means “breaking the fast.” Eid ul fitr is essentially a time of festivities celebrating the breaking of a month of fasting, the gifts of God, as well as a time of seeking forgiveness for sins and other wrongdoings.

Mid Autumn Festival 2012 / Mooncake Festival 2012

Mid autumn festival 2012 is a festival of the moon cakes. In the year 2012, the festival will fall on 30 September.

This festival is for the Chinese all over the world. This day normally falls on a weekend. This gives chances to all Chinese to come back home from wherever they are, to join their family and share a meal together. Mid-autumn is connected with other holidays like National Day holiday, which falls from 1-7 October. In addition, Chinese people will enjoy their moon holiday from 30 September to 7 October. Is that not a great holiday?

Thailand Loy Krathong 2012 Festival

Loy Krathong 2012 (or Loi Krathong) is a Thailand’s traditional festival. It describes an evening that people of Thailand show respect to their water goddess. How do they show respect? They show respect by floating offerings made from candlelit on all the wells, waterways all over the country. This floating aspect came from “Loy” word that means, “Floating”. On the other hand, “Krathong” literally has a meaning of a raft. You can give a rough estimate of the raft diameter to be the size of a hand span, made traditionally by use of banana trunks. Alternatively, you can also use Styrofoam or bread to make a raft. The bread raft is an environmental protection reducing problems resulting from water pollution.

Diwali 2012 – Deepavali 2012

Deepavali the Festival of Light

Deepavali is another name for the famous Hindu festival Diwali. This is a combination of two names, Dipa, which means lamp and Awali, which means row or line. So in essence, this festival is referred to as the festival of the row of lights. It is indeed essential in that it marks the beginning of the Hindu year. It is widely celebrated in India and elsewhere in the world, wherever Hindus can be found. It is marked by exploding lights, fireworks and so forth. After all, it is the festival of lights. Just why is the festival so colorful? Hindus celebrate it to mark the triumph of light over darkness. In Sanskrit, light means good and darkness means evil. Therefore, this is a celebration of good overcoming evil. During this celebration, all   Hindu families light up little lanterns in their homes to welcome the New Year. It is a very important event to them.