holidays

Tuesday night, observant Jews around the world attended Kol Nidrei, the evening service which marked the start of Yom Kippur.  Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays, is the Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur is the last of the 10-day period when Jews pray that they will be written into the Book of Life for another year. They also ask for forgiveness from family and friends. 

Jack Morgan

Christmas has come and gone, and those visitors who have come from afar may be starting to get a little bored.  So why not get out and go see the town that many people believe is the most beautiful in the country?

 

While some places have irregular holiday hours, a lot of things don't, and they're especially great to go see over the holidays.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

This week on Fronteras we look at some of the many ways families in our southwest border states are celebrating the season.  Families separated by the border reunite.  A Slovakian wife and her Hispanic husband blend their cultures.  A Baltimore transplant tries tamales for the first time.  Musician Jose Feliciano shares the story behind his famous Christmas carol, Feliz Navidad.  And high school students in Allen, Texas pack their bags for the Rose Bowl parade.   

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Santa Claus is known for bringing gifts and cheer to the good little boys and girls of the world. His signature suit and sleigh make him instantly recognizable – but usually, so does his skin color. 

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Every December, many Catholics honor The Virgin of Guadalupe. People native to Mexico and the southwest celebrate in a variety of ways. Some traditional groups sing ancient Aztec songs all through the night, and dance throughout the next day as a way to honor the Virgin, which they interpret as Mother Earth. One San Antonio family and their community members held their ceremony last Friday night. 

Hundreds of people were in and out of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church that night. 

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