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November 21, 2008

Winter Solstice Quiz

Filed under: quizzes — origamifreak @ 5:15 pm
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Think you know your cultures and history? Are you good at Googling for information?

See if you can come up with the answers to this quiz I cooked up a few years ago.

Select the one BEST pairwise match between each culture and celebration. The clues are deliberately obscure, but there is always a single most appropriate answer.

Cultures

  • Islam
  • Persia
  • Pagan Scandanavia
  • Pagan Slavs
  • Christianity
  • Ancient Incas
  • 20th Century Western Culture (NBC)
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Judaism
  • Pan-Africa
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Druidism
  • China
  • Buddhism
  • Post-Gregorian Western Culture
  • Roman Empire, 274 ~ 400 AD

Celebrations

  1. “Feast of Dedication”
  2. Yule
  3. Eid-al-Adha
  4. Rohatsu
  5. Inti Raymi
  6. Festivus
  7. Shabe-Yalda
  8. Lenaea
  9. “First Fruits”
  10. Alban Arthuan
  11. Natalis Solis Invicti
  12. Saturnalia
  13. New Year’s Eve
  14. Cristes mæsse
  15. “The death of Wesir”
  16. Korochun
  17. “The Extreme of Winter”

Put your answer in the comments for this post. For bonus points, return your answers in chronological order (by century or year).

I will post the answers here on December 20 (which is the winter solstice).

Have fun! 😉

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6 Comments »

  1. Well, I NEVER! I’m surprised I found this fun! Why did I find this fun? I’ve no idea!

    Here are my answers. I didn’t opt the bonus points…

    Feast of Dedication JUDAISM
    Yule PAGAN SCANDANAVIA
    Eid al-Adha ISLAM
    Rohatsu BUDDHISM
    Inti Raymi ANCIENT INCAS
    Festivus 20TH CENTURY WESTERN CULTURE (NBC)
    Shab-e-Yalda PERSIA
    Lenaea ANCIENT GREECE
    Alban Arthuan DRUIDISM
    Natalis Solis Invicti ROMAN EMPIRE, 247 ~ 400 AD
    Saturnalia ANCIENT ROME
    New Year’s Eve POST-GREGORIAN WESTERN CULTURE
    Cristes mæsse CHRISTIANITY
    The death of Wesir ANCIENT EGYPT
    Korochun PAGAN SLAVS
    The Extreme of Winter CHINA
    First Fruits PAN AFRICAN

    Comment by Sofia T. Catt — November 23, 2008 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  2. Maybe you found it fun to look for the answers for the same reason I found it fun to come up with it in the first place? It’s just so very interesting to see all the different ways people celebrate at this time of year, and how some of them are related through history…

    Comment by origamifreak — November 23, 2008 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  3. Ain’t it the truth! I’m just always surprised to discover how ‘geeky’ I am! It WAS great fun, looking up the stuff and reading about it. There were loads of surprises in there, too… I’m hoping somebody will go for the extra bonus points… :o)

    Comment by Sofia T Catt — November 24, 2008 @ 7:03 am | Reply

  4. The surprises were fun for me, too. When I started that project I didn’t realize how extensive it would become – the first surprise was that I could easily find almost 20 different celebrations, many of them still observed.

    The second surprise was the apparent *AGE* of some of these observances. The oldest one is apparently still practiced – and it dates back before the Egyptian one…

    Comment by origamifreak — November 24, 2008 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  5. “The Extreme of Winter” -China
    Korochun -Pagan Slavs
    “The death of Wesir” -Ancient Egypt
    Cristes mæsse -Christianity
    New Year’s Eve -Post-Gregorian Western Culture
    Saturnalia -Ancient Rome
    Natalis Solis Invicti -Roman Empire, 274 ~ 400 AD
    Alban Arthuan -Druidism
    “First Fruits” -Judaism—but you are using it for Pan African. could not find that online

    Good job putting this together. YOu have changed a couple from the original.

    Yule – Pagan Scandanavia
    Inti Raymi -Ancient Incas
    Lenaea -Ancient Greece
    Shabe-Yalda – Persia
    Eid – Islam
    Festivus – 20th Century Western Culture (NBC)
    Rohatsu – Buddhism
    “Feast of Dedication” – Judaism

    Comment by jpm14 — November 24, 2008 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  6. Here are the correct answers. Congratulations, Lisa! 🙂

    Feast of Dedication JUDAISM
    Yule PAGAN SCANDANAVIA
    Eid al-Adha ISLAM
    Rohatsu BUDDHISM
    Inti Raymi ANCIENT INCAS
    Festivus 20TH CENTURY WESTERN CULTURE (NBC)
    Shab-e-Yalda PERSIA
    Lenaea ANCIENT GREECE
    Alban Arthuan DRUIDISM
    Natalis Solis Invicti ROMAN EMPIRE, 247 ~ 400 AD
    Saturnalia ANCIENT ROME
    New Year’s Eve POST-GREGORIAN WESTERN CULTURE
    Cristes mæsse CHRISTIANITY
    The death of Wesir ANCIENT EGYPT
    Korochun PAGAN SLAVS
    The Extreme of Winter CHINA
    First Fruits PAN AFRICAN

    P.S. Deb, check the Wikipedia article on Kwanzaa; that’s where the translation “First Fruits” from Swahili and the term “Pan Africanism” are.

    Comment by origamifreak — December 21, 2008 @ 9:09 am | Reply


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