CELEBRATE THE SEASON
Holidays all around the world
The end of a year and the start of a new one is synonymous with festivities, but all throughout the year countries and cultures all over the world honour the passing of special times and traditions. These times are all about celebrating with family and friends, taking time out, indulging in favourite foods and past-times, recognising the beauty in others, being thankful for what we have – and, of course, dressing up.
Meaning “Blessed festival”, this is the greeting that Muslims all over the world greet each other with during celebrations for Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. Both celebrations signify different events in Islamic history.
Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan, the annual 30-day period of fasting. The date each year depends on the Islamic Lunar calendar but in 2016 it took place in June and July. The three-day holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr involves early morning prayers in homes or mosques before families and friends meet to share best wishes, eat delicious treats and offer gifts. Many Muslims also perform good deeds and do charity work during this time. Eid-ul-Adha (“Festival of Sacrifice”) is another important festival, in September this year, where prayers, giving thanks and appreciating family is central.
Echo the vibrancy of Eid celebrations with colourful bracelet and ring stacks, maybe a pendant or two or perhaps statement earrings. Silver, gold or PANDORA Rose embellish dresses or tunics fabulously.
This national holiday in the US commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in the 1600s. Thanksgiving Day is held on the fourth Thursday in November, which falls on 24 November this year.
Thanksgiving celebrations are typically synonymous with turkey, pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving cookies. Many people use the time before and after the big dinner to spend quality time with friends and family: watching American football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, playing games, going for a walk, reflecting and being thankful, and helping those less fortunate, such as doing voluntary charity work
For Thanksgiving dinners at home or with friends, play it casual with relaxed pieces and bejewelled accessories. If meeting the parents or dining out, dress to impress with an outfit and jewellery in rich colours.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Chanukah or Chanukkah, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday. This year it starts on 25 December, although the dates vary each year according to the Hebrew calendar.
During Hanukkah, families tend to stay at home and spend time together, cooking, eating, reflecting and just enjoying each other’s company. A nine-branched candelabra called a Menorah takes centre stage in the celebrations. Each night for eight days, the candle in the centre is used to light another candle at sunset or just after. Traditional food is eaten, such as latkes: delicious fried pancakes made from shredded potatoes, onions, matzoh meal and salt; often served with apple sauce. Families also use dreidels (four-sided spinning tops) to play games and children are gifted with money or chocolate coins each night.
Work the blue and white Hanukkah colours for both casual and formal looks. For relaxed gatherings, upgrade a casual outfit with blue, silver or white accessories. And pair blue with gold for parties.
Christmas is a beloved time of the year for many people. In some countries, this Christian holiday is celebrated on Christmas Eve (24 December), and in others, 25 is the big day.
From the moment the first Sunday in Advent arrives (27 November this year), candles get lit. And when the first day in December arrives, many decorations go up, Advent calendars start opening and the festive spirit begins (as does the planning of Christmas shopping lists). Christmas is synonymous with the Christmas tree, with Santa (or Father Christmas or Saint Nicholas depending on where you’re from), with the giving of gifts, and with a celebratory dinner or lunch featuring turkey and cranberry sauce, duck or rabbit (again, depending on where you live). Spending time with family and friends is the same in every country though. Many people also use this time to remember their faith.
Wrap yourself in a red or green dress or a kitsch Christmas sweater, plus red jewellery or pearls. For a fresh take on festive, go for gold, silver or coppery fabrics, alone or mixed up, finished with metallic jewellery.
Chinese New Year
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster – will start on 28 January 2017. Traditional celebrations will welcome the dawn and awakening that the Rooster represents.
On the evening before the Chinese New Year, families tend to gather for a traditional dinner. They will also thoroughly clean their homes; a symbol of sweeping away bad luck and making way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red, linked to good fortune and joy. People also give each other red envelopes containing money, and light firecrackers. For the main Chinese New Year celebrations, the customary lion dance will be performed to welcome the promise of prosperity and luck.
Red is linked to good fortune and joy so use its positive energy to style different looks. Use it for a head-to-toe look or as strategic pops of colour with accessories. It’s perfect with gold or teamed with cool silver.
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