In America it’s Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Combine any two holidays celebrated where you live.

Pick a date when this new combo holiday should be celebrated and what its traditions might be.

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Carolina Festivus — New Years Day Plus National Collards Day

Written by Cris Crissman @Cris2B on November 29, 2013 12:45 am
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Celebrated every January 1st, North Carolinian gouge on the delectable if often misunderstood leaf vegetable, collards. Collards are extraordinary plants, a delicacy because they thrive in the winter and are at their best after a couple of frosts. Traditionally, collards are cooked with fatback and often drenched with apple cider vinegar. Urban dwellers have been known to mix with kale and season with Parmesan. The Collard Pole Dance is nothing like you’d think. Dancers stay on the ground and dance around the pole decorated with collards.

There is talk with the current ultra-conservative legislature that collards will be regulated as a controlled substance in North Carolina.


Written by dkernohan on November 28, 2013 5:49 pm
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Combining the ancient british pagan feast of beltane (may 1) and the scottish Burns’ Supper (25th January) , participants eat their own body weight in offal and then dance round the maypole in a celebration of food poisoning and conscupience. The following day is a day of repentence as people attempt to clean up after the previous evenings revelries.

Happy Winter Beginning

Written by StefanieJ2 on November 28, 2013 4:43 pm
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I live in Berlin in the Wedding district where all is very Turkish and Arabian and I actually like it. Just around the corner there is the Jewish hospital, so called from tradition. When I the Christian had to go there for a bad food I was surrounded by Turkish women with their scarfs around their heads and their long coats. Sometimes a Turkish man looked up. I felt warm among them.

For this I imagine the Christian Advent and the Jewish Hanukkah and the Islamic Sugar Feast in one. All starts around the middle of November with lighting one first candle on a Tuesday. For seven weeks there will be lit another candle every Tuesday. The candles will be arranged from four outside to three inside, a triangle within a square. The Friday after the seventh Tuesday there will be the Sugar Feast with loads of delicious meals, and who likes, sweets. People will give presents to one another, especially for the children. The presents are not allowed to be bought, but have to be made with people’s own hands. Naturally it is all about having a good time, like always in any religion on their feasts. The holiday described here may be called Happy Winter Beginning.

The Fourth Night is Hanupendance Day

Written by CogDog on November 28, 2013 1:25 pm
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In light of new measurements of the moon’s correct orbital flux, adjustments to the lunary calendar, means that the first night of Hanukkah lands squarely on July 1. The fourth night, typically just one in the middle with not much special beyond lighting candles AGAIN and tossing the left over soggy latkes, now explodes with celebration of American Independence day.

Combine with the Jewish tradition of celebrating independence from the Roman thugs who sacked the temple again, the menorah becomes a launcher for roman (get it) candles.

Imagine the whole neighborhood oohing and ahhing over the menorah.