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DHFS Leadership Institute

The DHFS Leadership Institute (DLI) provides relevant and challenging leadership development opportunities for supervisors and emerging leaders. The DLIs vision is to develop strong, diverse, departmental and organizational leaders that represent excellence in performance and achievement. Learn More

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December Focus: Winter Holidays Celebrated in the U.S. and Around the World


CHRISTMAS is a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Celebrated by millions worldwide.
HANUKKAH is an eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
KWANZAA "First Fruits" is a seven-day social holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Black Studies at California State University, to celebrate black identity, encourage unity, and preserve African culture. Now celebrated by millions worldwide.
POSADAS The word posada means "inn" or "shelter" in Spanish, and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph (and theirsearch) for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24th.

Sources: www.history.com/topics/holidays ; gomexico.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/a/posadas.htm









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