Today begins the season of Advent. The 4 weeks before Jesus was born in the Christian religion. It is a Holy Season, the most Holy Season on the Christian Calendar. It is the preparation for the birth of Jesus, a time for prayer and joy.
The date does vary with the year, since the days of the year change. This year Advent begins on the 3rd. It always falls on Sunday 4 weeks before Christmas. Every Sunday has a different meaning, celebrated by lighting candles on a wreath, a German tradition.
There are four candles on the wreath, three purple and one pink.The first lit is a purple one and stands for hope. The second purple is for love. The third is the pink candle and stands for joy, also known as Joyful Sunday. The 4th candle, third purple is for peace. Most wreaths also contain a white candle center, lit on Christmas for the birth of Jesus.
Different religions have different beliefs and each has key days they celebrate. All should be allowed to celebrate their own days without interference from others. Most honor this belief, for those that don’t they have no real religion.
How to celebrate – If you are Christian, celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season. Create your own wreath for Advent. Attend church at least one of the 4 Sundays in Advent.