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The Resurrection is celebrated at Easter. Christians believe that Christ died to reconcile humans with God and that believers will have eternal life of the spirit. S African descent: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Shofar: An ancient Jewish traditional trum- pet-like instrument made from a ram’s or antelope’s horn that is blown in the synagogue during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Shrine: A place, either natural or manmade, Sabzeh: A dish of sprouts grown by Iranian families in preparation for Nouruz, the New Year celebration.

Traditionally a time for confessing sins (called “being shriven”) and for using up the fresh meat and animal fat, eggs, and butter in the household before the forty-day fast of Lent. Solstice: The first day of summer and the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere, when daylight hours are the longest and shortest, respectively. The solstices fall about June 22 and December 22 of each year. Spring couplets: Two-line rhymes written in Chinese calligraphy that are displayed during Chinese New Year as a wish for good luck.

Promised Land: According to the biblical book of Genesis, the land of Canaan, promised by God to Abraham, the father of the Jews. The prophet Moses led the Hebrews to the Promised Land after freeing them from slavery in Egypt. Refers to modern-day Israel. Prophet: One who speaks for God or a Penitents: In Holy Week processions in Spain, the Philippines, and Central and South America, persons who walk in the procession carrying heavy wooden crosses, in chains, or whipping themselves as punishment and repentance for wrongs they have done and to commemorate Christ’s suffering as he carried the Cross.

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