We offer our Festivals of Light exhibit each year to provide children and their families the opportunity to explore a variety of celebrations and festivals that take place in the winter months. We don't celebrate, we explore.
Why clarify exploring instead of celebration? There are a few reasons we make that distinction. First, we look at each holiday for about a week and we often don't have our exploration on the exact dates. Secondly, we want to learn all about the holiday and the traditions a family may have. Often those traditions are closely connected to beliefs that family holds. For that reason, we explore and we let those who hold those beliefs celebrate.
Each year, we add a new celebration to explore based on voting by our members. Understanding the winter traditions and celebrations are numerous, we hope to provide opportunities for families to explore traditions different from their own and find similarities and differences in traditions.