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Ramadan

What's your big event for the year? For over one billion people worldwide it is Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims. Find out the origin of Ramadan and how Muslims celebrate this month-long religious festival.

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Extended Bunting family Christmas dinner, 1983

This is a photograph showing the extended Bunting family sitting down for Christmas dinner in Dandenong North in 1983. This image was collected as part of the 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. It is a digital scan of the original colour photograph.

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Father Christmas and sleigh decoration, c1950s

This is a plastic Father Christmas and sleigh decoration used by Bill Boyd in the 1950s.

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'Give a Kodak' poster, 1938

This is a colour poster advertising Kodak cameras for a 1938 Christmas sales campaign. The advertising slogan reads 'Kodaks and Brownies / GIVE A KODAK / Kodak film Gift Packages', set against a background illustration of holly in red and green. The back of the poster, not seen here, is in the form of a 'Kodak Trade Circular' ...

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Family sharing chocolate Easter eggs, 1963 or 1964

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Ellerbock family sharing chocolate Easter eggs outside their house in Ringwood East on Easter Sunday in 1963 or 1964. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Ivan and Anna Kucan and their daughters on Ukrainian Christmas Day, Newport, c1957

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivan and Anna Kucan and their daughters, Larysa and Marika, in the backyard of their family home in Newport, Victoria. This photograph was taken on Ukrainian Christmas Day, which is in January.

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In the past: Christmas at a bush school

Discover how school children in the Australian bush celebrated Christmas more than 50 years ago. This silent clip shows school children putting on a Nativity play - a play that tells the Bible story of Jesus's birth. The students then have a Christmas party. The black-and-white footage was filmed near Parkes in 1961.

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Candles, cards and carols: Christmas in 1983

How do people celebrate Christmas now? This clip shows some of the ways Christmas was celebrated in 1983. People sent cards, gave presents and sang carols. Have things changed?

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My Place - Episode 2: 1998: Mohammed, Ramadan

Mohammed's family is moving into their new house, owned by Michaelis. It is nearing Ramadan and at mealtime the family discusses whether Mohammed can participate this year.

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Outback House - bush Christmas

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work like a real station of the 1860s. Join the Allcorn family and their workers as they celebrate Christmas ...

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Sweet, merry and bright Danish Christmas delights

How did people from Denmark celebrate Christmas in 1983? Kirsten and her mother cook traditional Danish biscuits and a special rice pudding with a hidden surprise. See how a Danish family might decorate their home for Christmas. Can you tell that this film was made a long time ago?

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Festive feasts: foods for Christmas in 1983

Australians serve many different foods at Christmas time, and this often depends on where their families have come from. This clip from 1983 shows an English Christmas roast dinner and food for a traditional Italian Christmas feast. Do you eat any special foods at this time of year?

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Father Christmas arrives at Watson family Christmas party, South Yarra, 1945

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Father Christmas arriving at the Watson family's Christmas Party at South Yarra Primary School. A Christmas tree is set up in a bin behind Father Christmas. The Watsons held the party for their entire family at the school. The photograph was taken in December 1945. The image ...

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Crusca family and friends eating panettone at dinner table, 1960

This photograph is of the Crusca family dinner table in 1960. There is a panettone on the table. Included in the picture are Ofelia Crusca (at left), Salva Crusca (middle), Tommaso Crusca, Mrs Lazzarotti and her son Frank. This image was collected as part of the museum's 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. ...

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In the past: Christmas in the city

Take a look at a crowded city street during the Christmas season more than 50 years ago. Discover what Christmas shopping was like when your grandparents were not much older than you are today. This silent black-and-white clip was filmed in Sydney in 1961.

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Dressing up: lantern festival [Japanese]

Explore clothes worn in Japan. Identify clothing items suitable for going to a lantern festival. Follow instructions to dress a boy or girl. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Dressing up [Japanese]

Explore clothes worn in Japan to school, skiing or a lantern festival. Identify clothing items suitable for each activity. Follow instructions to dress a boy or girl. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

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Christmas Hustle and Bustle: Crowds Leave for Well-deserved Holiday on 22 December, 1928: 'Christmas season in Melbourne'

This black-and-white clip from a silent newsreel shows scenes of travellers with suitcases on the footpath outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne on 22 December 1928 preparing to take their Christmas holiday break. Subsequent scenes show shoppers crossing the street in pouring rain and a couple of swagmen in a Melbourne ...

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Ramadan

This is a student resource about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Four photographs in slideshow format reflect elements of Ramadan: the first Friday in Ramadan, food eaten during Ramadan in Dubai, Laylat al-Qadr - the holiest night of the year - being celebrated in Mecca, and Palestinians breaking their fast at Eid ul-Fitr ...

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Hanukkah

This is a student resource showcasing the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Images in a slideshow format show candles being lit during the eight nights of the festival in the nine-branched candleholders of the special Hanukkah menorah, the hanukkiyah. An image of the usual seven-branched menorah is also included. Text on screen ...