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Text Box: The day of the dead is celebrated on November 1st, and is a celebration of your relatives and friends who have passed onto the next life. The people make all sorts of yummy foods like sugar skulls, Pan de muerto (bread of the dead), candied pumpkin, and Chocolate coffins. During our celebration for this special day we will have samples of these tasty treats fresh made by the CULM family. In mexico it is tradition for families to go and Text Box: visit the graves of their loved ones. They hold parties in the cemeteries with music, dancing, singing, and card games. If your not into partying it up in a cemetery people actually build small shrines or altars in their homes with pictures of the loved ones, offerings to their spirit; candles are also very popular on the altars. Another fun thing to do on Dia de los Muertos is the crafts that are apart of the tradition. They make paper flowers, reverse glass paintText Box: ing, skeleton pins, and a bunch of other cool things that we will also be demonstrating. El Dio de los Muertos is the day of the dead, but it is by no means anything to be sad about. It is a day of remembrance for the lives that the people of the past have lived. 
If you’s like to throw your own Dio de los Muertos party we’ve included some helpful recipes and craft directions in the back of the newsletter, or you can visit our website
Text Box: to last one full day. Chanukah begins on the 25th and every night for the 8 days a different candle on the menorah, and play a game with a dradel. Also, as with most holidays the food is delicious! They make latke (potato pancakes),  Sfenge (orange flavored doughnut rings, Honey sponge cakes, chicken soup with matzoh balls, and  Text Box: Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights and is celebrated every year for 8 days. The word Hanukah means “Dedication.”  It’s a celebration of a couple of different things; the victory of the Maccabees, the rededication of the Jerusalem temple, and also the oil that burned for 8 days straight when there was only enough oil in the temple Text Box: marshmallow dreidels! Oh, and how can we even mention Chanukah without bringing up the gent. They are small gold foil covered chocolate coins. The word “gelt” means “money” in Yiddish, but it should mean tasty! 
 Check in the back for our fun Chanukah family activity! 
Text Box: Dia De Los Muertos; The Day of The Dead
Text Box: The Festival of Lights; Chanukah 
Text Box: Kwanzaa; Rejoicing in Culture
Text Box: termination, Faith, Creativity, Purpose, Collective work and Responsibility, and Cooperative economics. Kwanzaa as a word comes from the Kiswahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which means “first fruit of the harvest.” It is a depiction of the traditional harvest time in Africa. Kwanzaa is celebrated by making crafts like kwanzaa corn pins, gift cans, and Kinara Text Box: (candleholder) centerpieces, and also a feast on the 31st. The people make sweet potato pie, fried okra, Futari (african squash and yams), Tomato-avocado and buttermilk soup, and a lot of other tasty creations.  
If you’d like to do your own Kwanzaa activities they will be located in the back of this issue, or visit our website.
Text Box:     Kwanzaa is an African American  holiday with focus on traditional values of family, community responsibility, and self-improvement. It is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st, and is focused on 7 guiding principles: Unity, Self- DeText Box: Dreidel Dreidel, dreidel, I make you out of clay, and when you’re dry and ready oh dreidel I will play!

Happy Chanukah!
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