The International Holidays Quiz
by Staff
When you're fighting the crowds at the mall before Christmas or busily preparing a Thanksgiving feast, it can be easy to forget these holidays aren't universal. See how much you know about how people around the world celebrate!

Celebrated in the spring, Vesak is a major holiday in this religion.

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Judaism

What does the term "Hanukkah" mean?

  • celebration
  • love
  • dedication

How long does the Hanukkah holiday last?

  • eight days
  • five days
  • one day

In what part of the world do people celebrate St. Lucia Day?

  • Australia
  • Asia
  • Scandinavia

When was the African-American festival of Kwanzaa first celebrated?

  • 1966
  • 1866
  • 1766

What does "Kwanzaa" mean?

  • festival of light
  • first fruits
  • night of joy

In which country would you be most likely to celebrate the holiday Tet?

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • Japan

Which religion celebrates Basant?

  • Christianity
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism

On what continent do people celebrate Aboakyere?

  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Africa

Where do residents celebrate Obon?

  • Japan
  • China
  • Germany

How do the people of northern India celebrate the spring festival of Holi?

  • with hunting competitions
  • with lots of water
  • at solemn church services

What event does Passover represent?

  • the Holocaust
  • the Jewish day of atonement
  • the Israelites' departure from Egypt

What is the name of the traditional Passover meal?

  • Essen
  • Yom Kippur
  • Seder

In what country are you most likely to experience a Diwali celebration?

  • Poland
  • India
  • Australia

What does the Christian holiday of Easter represent?

  • the birth of the Easter bunny
  • the Israelites' departure from Egypt
  • the resurrection of Jesus

On what day do Mexicans celebrate Dia de los Muertos?

  • Oct. 30
  • Oct. 31
  • Nov. 1

What is the month-long fasting holiday celebrated by the Islamic population called?

  • Ramadan
  • Zakat
  • Hijri

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Id al-Fitr, which means what?

  • festival of food
  • day of memory
  • feast of fast-breaking

What does the Mexican holiday of La Posada celebrate?

  • the travel of Joseph and Mary
  • the resurrection of Jesus
  • the birth of Jesus

Which country celebrates Hari Merdeka?

  • China
  • Malaysia
  • India

When do the French celebrate Bastille Day?

  • July 4
  • July 14
  • July 24

In what month does the Chinese New Year celebration begin?

  • January or February
  • always January
  • always February

What holiday celebrates the day that the Three Wise Men brought gifts to Baby Jesus?

  • Epiphany
  • Christmas
  • Christmas Eve

Who brings gifts to well-behaved children in Italy?

  • Santa Claus
  • Il Natale
  • Befana

Which country celebrates Songkran, one of the world's largest water festivals?

  • Thailand
  • China
  • Japan

Which country celebrates Unity Day every Oct. 3?

  • France
  • Germany
  • Canada

True or false: Australians celebrate Christmas right in the middle of summer.

  • true
  • false

What are Kallikantzaroi?

  • Greek candies
  • Greek Christmas trees
  • Greek goblins

When do pagans celebrate the festival of Yule?

  • summer solstice
  • winter solstice
  • Dec. 25

In which country would you be most likely to attend La Misa del Gallo on Christmas Eve?

  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Brazil