Celebrate with Compassion
Holidays are traditionally a time for family and friends to gather over a hearty meal centered around, let’s be honest here, a dead animal. We’re set out to change this. Whether you’re hosting a traditional Thanksgiving meal, baking up a Christmas pie, kibitzing over a Hanukkah spread, or celebrating over a Kwanzaa dinner; Compassionate Holidays has you covered.
Compassionate Holidays has taken the time to curate step-by-step vegan recipes, videos, and helpful tips for any occasion. You’ll be hosting memorable potlucks and parties like a compassionate pro in no time. “So toss the salads” and serve a few dishes that will create an extraordinary vegan feast.
Winter Holidays Around the World
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year, Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal, Tibetan Losar, also called Spring Festival, are all typically celebrated in China and other Asian countries that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, 15 days later.
Bodhi is celebrated by the Buddhists on December 8th in commemoration of the enlightenment of the Buddha. This is considered the most important holiday for the Buddhists.
Diwali, also known as Divali or Deepawali, is a major festival celebrated over five days in many parts of India by people of different faiths including many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Muslims, and some Buddhists. It is sometimes referred to as “the festival of lights.” Many Hindus observe Diwali by lighting small oil lamps known as ‘diyas’ in honor of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good fortune. The lamps symbolize the triumph of light over darkness and evil.
Eid al-Adha is the latter of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. Also called Tabaski, it honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God.
In Scotland, the last day of the year is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar). It is normally followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day or, in some cases, January 2nd — a Scottish bank holiday.
Japanese New Year
New Year celebration is one of the most major events in Japan. New Year’s Eve is known as Omisoka Japan. The Japanese spend a lot of time shopping and cleaning their houses in preparation. This symbolizes getting rid of the past and starting afresh. The celebration on New Year’s day itself is known as Shogatsu. The Japanese decorate their homes and give their children gifts of toys and money and greeting cards to friends and family.
Is celebrated chiefly in Latin America, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Spain, and by Hispanics in the United States. It is typically celebrated each year between December 16 and December 24. Latin American countries have continued to celebrate the holiday, with very few changes to the tradition.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known as Shrove Tuesday.
St. Lucia’s Day
Saint Lucy’s Day, also called Lucia Day or the feast of Saint Lucy, is a Christian feast day observed on December 13th.
St. Nicholas Day
Saint Nicholas Day, also called the Feast of Saint Nicholas, is observed on December 6th or on the eve of December 5th in Western Christian countries, and on December 19 in Eastern Christian countries using the old church Calendar.
What holidays do you celebrate?