Everywhere in the world, there is light. The sun rises over the mountains, the sea, tall city buildings, and the darkest forests on Earth. At night, the moon shines. Stars twinkle. And each new day, the sun comes up again.
All over the world, people behold the light. And in many traditions, light is said to come from God, and God comes in the form of light. So it’s not surprising that many religious and cultural festivals celebrate with light.
Here are a few that are celebrated in late fall and early winter, when days are short and people long for more light.