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Did you know that Santa Claus did not originally wear red? Early pictures depict him wearing outfits coloured either green, blue or purple! Did you know that the colour red in Chinese culture traditionally represents joy, good fortune, happiness and sincerity? Read the fun facts sheet to discover many amazing facts about different world festivals, celebrations, cultures and traditions

Fun Fact 1: What is world religion day?  World religion day takes place across the globe on the third Sunday in January; the celebration promotes understanding, respect and harmony of the many different religions in the world

Fun Fact 2: Based on surveys and statistics over 45% of the world's population celebrate the Christmas season

Fun Fact 3: Shrove Tuesday is more commonly known as Pancake Day. Eggs, sugar and butter are traditionally baked into pancakes and eaten before the start of Lent

Fun Fact 4: Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration that is based on the original traditional African harvest festivals. The name Kwanzaa comes from the expression "matunda ya kwanza," which translated means "first fruits of the harvest"

Fun Fact 5: St. Patrick Day is a cultural and religious holiday named after the patron saints of Ireland. The day is famous throughout the world; people unite to celebrate Ireland's history and culture. The day is sometimes affectionately referred to as St. Paddy's Day

Fun Fact 6: Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar; it is also known as spring festival. Traditionally the Chinese New Year festival lasts for 15 days

Fun Fact 7: What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah is a winter Jewish festival; it is a celebration of historical Jewish military and religious triumphs. Hanukkah takes place on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev and lasts for eight days and nights. An important Hanukkah tradition is the lighting of the nine branched candlestick - the Menorah

Fun Fact 8: Did you know that Pretzels were originally associated with the Christian festival of Easter? They are thought to be invented by ancient German monks and were created in a pattern to represent two folding arms in prayer

Fun Fact 9: The Setsubun bean throwing festival takes place in Japan the day before the start of spring. Roasted beans are thrown whilst shouting the words "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" The translation is "Devils out, happiness in"

Fun Fact 10: The American holiday Thanksgiving originates back to 1621 when pilgrim settlers from England established land in the U.S. They gathered crops and gave thanks to God for their successful harvest

Fun Fact 11: Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday is traditionally celebrated in many countries across the world, although not on the same date. It is the day when mothers and motherhood are honored

Fun Fact 12: The festival of Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours; this is called Fast. Ramadan ends with the sighting of a new moon and the beginning of a three day Muslim celebration called Eid al-Fitr (Id-ul-Fitr)

Fun Fact 13: Valentine's Day is on February 14th each year, it is also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. The day is a celebration of love, romance and affection and festivities take place across the globe

Fun Fact 14: The origins of the Halloween custom of "Trick or Treat" date back to early 9th century England. Beggars would knock at houses for a type of biscuit called "soul cake"; in return for a "soul cake" a prayer would be given for the dead relations of the household!

Fun Fact 15: In China Christmas is called the festival of Sheng Dan Jieh, which means Holy Birth Festival. Homes are decorated and the traditional Christmas tree is called the "tree of light"

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