This Winter, Warm Up at The Met!
What are you excited about this winter? Spending time with family or taking a break from school? Drinking hot chocolate or curling up some place warm? Come start off your festivities at The Met. The Museum's galleries are home to winter traditions from around the world. Below are three to get you started.
On December 21, the solstice marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the half of the earth that lies above the equator. In Mali, a country in West Africa, the Dogon peoples celebrate a plentiful harvest during the winter solstice with a ceremony called goru. This seven-foot-long vessel was used during goru to hold offerings to Amma the Creator and the ancestors. It represents a mythical ark, or a very large boat, that held the eight original human ancestors and everything they needed for life on Earth. You can find it in gallery 350 at The Met Fifth Avenue.
Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day celebration of light over darkness. People around the world add candles to the menorah, or ceremonial lamp that holds eight candles, one for each night of Hanukkah. The menorah represents the lamp in the Holy Temple that, during troubled times, stayed lit for eight days when there was only enough oil for one. You can discover this Eastern European silver menorah and the traditions of Hanukkah in gallery 556 at The Met Fifth Avenue through December 2018.
Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche Display
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