Where Imagination Comes Alive. . . during Festivals of Light.

Festivals of Light is an annual exhibit, returning each November as we prepare for the holiday season and the many cultural celebrations that happen.

Festivals of Light explores a winter holiday celebration for a typical family. Children explore the food, decorations, games, activities and music associated with each holiday as they step into a “household” amidst their celebration. Each week, the kid-sized dwelling space of a family changes to celebrate a new festival including their kitchen and living room, a family craft table and a reading space.

This year, we are:
Exploring Diwali (Nov 20 - 26, 2013)
Exploring Hanukkah (Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2013)
Exploring Santa Lucia (Dec 4 - 10, 2013)
Exploring Las Posadas (Dec 11 - 17, 2013)
Exploring Christmas Around the World (Dec 18 - 23, 2013)
Exploring Kwanzaa (Dec 26 - 31, 2013)
Exploring the Lunar New Year Celebration (Jan 2 - Jan 5, 2014)

Why we explore

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.

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.

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