Did you ever wonder why so many people use the color green during celebrations?
It seems like green is used during special times of year!

Use the following websites to find out why people use green during holidays:

The ancient Cherokee people celebrated with 7 ceremonies. They celebrated the cycles of Mother Earth. (A) In what holiday season did the Cherokee Green Corn Dance used to take place AND (B) what is the date of the Green Corn Dance now? http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Cherokees.aspx
The Irish people celebrate a big holiday in March. They use green when celebrating this holiday. Go to this site and find out why green is used. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0317/St.-Patrick-s-Day-Why-do-we-wear-green
What is a bough? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bough
In olden days, it was believed that hanging evergreen boughs (branches) kept away certain things. What were those things? (see section: How It All Got Started). http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees
In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of what? http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees
What country is credited with starting the Christmas tree decoration tradition? http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees
Since 1970, people have used a special day to voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. What is the name of this special day?  http://social.dol.gov/blog/earth-day-why-green-is-your-color/
Do you think green is the best color these various cultures could have picked? Why / Why not – explain. (There is no website to answer this question. Read all of your answers. Think about the information you gathered. Answer this question in 4-5 complete sentences.
Use MS Paint to draw a picture of one the above green celebrations. Use the text tool to label your picture. Be sure to include your name and homeroom number. (Save this MS Paint file to the server in your teacher's folder.)