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Holiday inspiration for the Advent Calendar

Holiday inspiration for the Advent Calendar

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The elves tell me we're getting some nice submissions for our Advent Calendar. But we still need YOU to help fill the calendar to bursting with fun gifts of a Starsky & Hutch persuasion. Huggy Bear, Captain Dobey, and Minnie are such popular characters, we'd love to see more representation in our Advent gift giving calendar. So if you're looking for ideas to create a seasonal gift, here's some multicultural holidays, other than traditional Christmas, in no particular order. (Submission info follows.):

World Aids Day is December 1; it began in 1988.

This year, Hanukkah begins the evening of December 6 and ends the evening of December 14. Has to be one of Starsky's favorite celebrations.

Bodhi Day is December 8. The Day of Enlightenment celebrates the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi). We know that Hutch can get into meditation, so this might be a holiday he would enjoy.

Pancha Ganapati, is a modern five-day festival in honor of Lord Ganesha, celebrated by Hindus in USA. It's celebrated from the 21-25 of December.

The Winter Solstice is on December 21. It's celebrated by native people, pagans, wiccans, and many others.

While Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday, doesn't start until December 26 and lasts until January 1, preparations for it start much earlier. It began in 1966.

Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival is a celebration of Winter for Chinese and other East Asians on or around December 22.

Shabe-Yalda (a.k.a. Yalda, Shab-e Yaldaa, Shab-e Chelleh) is an Iranian festival celebrated on the eve of the Winter Solstice. It has evolved into a cultural celebration observed by followers of many religions in Iran. People gather at home around a korsee -- a low square table -- all night. They tell stories and read poetry, eat watermelon, pomegranates, and a special dried fruit/nut mix. Bonfires are lit outside.

In 1976, the Muslim holidays of Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) was held on December 2, and Al-Hijra (the Islamic New Year) was held on December 23. These feasts move and are currently not held in December.
I'm sure there are many other winter celebrations that can inspire us!

(Critical info:

  1. we're accepting submissions from now until mid-December;

  2. submissions are anything Starsky & Hutch related: gen, slash, fics, poems, art, vids, podfic, wallpapers, icons, drabbles, images of any kind, games, puzzles, etc. etc.;

  3. send submissions (or questions) to advent@starskyhutcharchive.net)

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