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Unitarian Universalism celebrates theological diversity. The sources of our faith include aspects of Jewish and Christian traditions, Humanist teachings, and teachings from earth-centered traditions. The holiday celebrations in Unitarian Universalist congregations reflect this diversity.
Many Unitarian Universalists and their congregations celebrate Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter, Jewish holidays like Passover and Hanukkah, Pagan Winter Solstice and Samhain, as well as Kwanzaa and Halloween, among others. Some Unitarian Universalists take a unique approach to these celebrations. One common example is to celebrate Christmas by giving back in one’s community or donating to a personally important cause as a way to reflect on the meaning of the ritual of gift-giving.
In addition to religious holidays, many Unitarian Universalists and their congregations also honor secular holidays including Earth Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, and Thanksgiving.