Holidays and Festivals Around the World
DescriptionIn this project you will be learning about holidays and festivals that are celebrated around the world. You will explore celebrations, traditions and symbols related to a holiday or festival from any part of the world. In a culminating activity, you will share your information and create a symbolic representation of the researched holiday from across the globe.
Essential Questions
  1. Why do people celebrate?
  2. What special traditions and rituals surround holidays and festivals?
  3. What holidays and festivals are important parts of your culture?
  4. What holidays and festivals are important in other cultures?
  5. What do celebrations around the world have in common?
  6. What is a symbol? How are symbols used in celebrations and holidays

Related Links

Winter Celebrations

Winter Celebrations


Diwali Festival of Lights
National Geographic Kids - Diwali
Kids Turn Central - Diwali

Indepdence Day

Fourth of July
Happy Birthday America
Kids Turn Central - Independence Day
School House Rock - Fourth of July
USA for Kids

Cinco de Mayo

Social Studies for Kids
What is Cinco de Mayo?

Chinese New Year

The Chinese Calendar - Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
Fact Monster - Chinese New Year
Chinese Newy Year - Facts and Details

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day for Kids and Teachers

Culminating Activity

As a culminating activity students will effectively represent their research in graphic organizers as well as create a symbol that they feel best represents their holiday. Students will then teach fellow first graders about their holiday through sharing their symbol. Students will also write a description of the symbol and tell why it is a good representation of the holiday.