Judaism is the world’s oldest religion, it’s around nearly 4000 years old! Judaism believed God revealed himself through ancient prophets. The history of the religion is very important to the members of the religion. Hanukkah means “dedication” in Hebrew and in November or December the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts. Why is the holiday celebrated? The festival is a time for Jewish people to remember their victory in a battle against the Greeks over 2,000 years ago to practice their religion without restriction.
In total, as of 2010, there was around a total of 14 million Jewish people in the world, representing 0.2% of the global population. In 2050, the Jewish population is expected to number about 16 million! Meaning all these people will celebrate the holiday.
Like many other religions, Jewish people worship God. This takes place in a synagogue. Jewish people attend services at the synagogue on Saturdays during Shabbat.
Another religion which is rather interesting is the Buddhist religion. Buddhism is a faith that was founded by Siddhartha Gautama (“the Buddha”) more than 2,500 years ago in India. Those who follow the religion take part in a festival called ‘Buddha day’ or ‘Wesak’ the celebration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. The festival is a celebration of much colour.
Buddhists believe in the four noble truths: existence is suffering (duhkha); suffering has a cause, namely craving and attachment (trishna); there is a cessation of suffering, which is nirvana; and there is a path to the cessation of suffering.
It’s important to understand different religions and their beliefs, to further understand the world we live in.
In total, around as many as 535 million people around the world practice this religion, which would represent between 8% and 10% of the world’s total population. Several countries have a very high proportion of Buddhism followers. The religion is considered to be very calm and relaxing.
Wesak involves water being poured over the shoulders of the Buddha. It reminds Buddhists to purify their own minds from greed, hatred, and stupidity. It also consists of chanting and praying, giving offerings to monks, cleaning and decorating homes and going to temples. These all occur during this festival to celebrate.
WHY ARE CELEBRATIONS IMPORTANT WITHIN RELIGIONS?
Religious festivals are important for families to be able to teach their loved ones about the religion they worship towards and to also to celebrate the religion they worship. Not to mention that it can be a very positive thing to celebrate, as all different religious festivals bring the same message of love, tolerance and understanding. Celebrations and festivities teach everyone to come together, forgetting negativity we may be enduring within the world.
I personally do not worship towards a religion but have a large amount of respect to those who do as it takes a lot of hard work and loyalty. In total, around 200 million to 240 million do not worship towards a religion or a God. Within China and Russia, a large amount of people do not believe in a God, yet if we looked at America, you would see that a lot more people do worship a God. Depending on one’s location, depends on their religious views. Most of these views are due to location and upbringing as some religions are not as popular in that part of the world.
To conclude, there are many different religions that celebrate for many different reasons. It brings
the religion and families together and many enjoy the festivities. It’s important to be accepting and kind towards every religion as their reason for prayer and worship is not harming or affecting you as an individual hence why one should allow everyone to be left to their own choices. Many religions travel to different countries and due to this, stereotypes should not occur as religion doesn’t look a certain way and god does not discriminate. There is a range of religions and they each have their different stories and origins which is why they’re all so different. It’s very important to continue to accept everyone’s chosen religion.