Friday, April 14, 2017

Holiday Traditions: What is your favorite day?

Holiday traditions are a very important part of a person's cultural identify, and understanding these customs can help us understand one another and build bridges between cultures. Thus, what is one holiday tradition that visitors to your area should learn about to improve cultural understanding? Share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

41 comments:

  1. I don't have a favourite day. Generally I prefer the holiday where a lot of people are togheter. For example a holiday in a little mountain town to celebrate the bean holiday or chesnut holiday. They celebrate the link with the nature, and in the past, with the food which was the main dish.

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  2. My favorite Holiday is Christmas. This is the most important reason why I'm waiting for winter.
    I'm from Poland and we do some of diffrent tradision than in the USA. Firt of all on Christmas Eve we have all family and friend together. On The table we have 12 meals. No meat of course! Under the tablecloth we put some hay. All family wish Merry Christmas. Then all kids wait for first star on the sky to get presents from Santa ;o). After that we all singChristmas carol. This is the most beautiful day!

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  3. I do have favorites holiday and its Christmas.Well ofcourse im expecting many gifts to recieve lolz.Christmas matter on me most this is the only holiday were we can be get together with my family and friends having long conversation with them unlike ordinary days.

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  4. In Vietnam, the biggest holiday is Lunar New Year. These are the days we wear traditional clothes. We visit our relatives, friends and our colleagues to give wishes and good words. The aldults give lucky money for the young childrens. And we have a warm dinner together.

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  5. My favorite festiival is Lunar New Year. My family decorates our home with many flowers inside and outside. Relatives and friends get together to have a big dinner and exchange new year blessings. I still remember the exciting time when I was in elemetary school, more than ten cousins came to our home played and sang overnight to wait the new year coming.

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  6. Well, i'm from Colombia, but i'm currently living in London, Ontario ,Canada. In my country, the most expected holiday is Christmas, i say so because this day means many things for children as well as adults, and i think that people take out the best of their feelings. In sum, people becomes better by this time...

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  7. Like many other Easten countries.the most important traditional holiday is Lunar New year.All pupils have been off days before that so we devote our time to decorate our houses.In the New Year's Eve we often set off fire work and sky_lights at center squares.Looking at plenty of spectacular displays in the sky,we bless all happines to family friends and ourselves.Then we expect the first guest who's blieved to bring very luck greetings for a new year.

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  8. I am from colombia and my favorites holidays are christmas and new year eve because it is a time to meet the whol family and give present and share many other things you can share during the year

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  9. In Korea, there are 2 types of big holidays.
    First, New Year's Day is day off for 3 days.
    We prepare Dduck-gook(rice-cake soup) for eating means one more age.
    Most of people are also prepare ancestor-memorial services.

    The other is Chuseok (the harvest moon festival).
    Chuseok is on the 15th of August by the lunar calendar.
    It is also 3 days off.
    Peoples are preparing song-pyun(a rice cake steamed on a layer of pine needles).

    Another holidays are 1 day off.
    The national foundation day, Children's day, The Memorial day, Independence day of Korea, and Christmas...

    Former days, there are more holidays. but people think that is so inefficient, nowadays some holiday disappeared.
    Instead, The five-day workweek gradually are settle down.

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  10. Hi, I celebrate christmas eve with my family and friends and we eat "tamales","buñuelos".(traditional christmas food in my country .mexico)

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  11. In Viet Nam, we celebrate Tet day as our most important holiday. I really like Tet day not only for its special atmosphere:"family warmth" but also for lots of traditonal customs, which of them are receiving lucky money and eating sticky cakes and other special and tasty food. Before Tet day, we redecorate the house by cleaning or refurbishing it. Especially, Vietnamese people'd like to buy flowers and green plants like peach in the north and yellow apricot in the south to welcome lunar new year.On Tet day, children wear new clothes and visit their grandparents.I like wearing new clothes and getting lucky money on these day!hi

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  12. In my opinion, in Italy we have 3 very important celebrations:All Soul's Day, Christmas and Easter.They all are religious holidays, since in Italy, especially in the South, religious traditions are very rooted. On All Soul's Day the habit is going to the graveyard to pray on dead people's tombs. At Christmas we celebrate Jesus'birth and we use to exchange presents and to have launch with relatives and friends. At Easter we celebrate Jesus' resurrection and we are used to give Easter eggs (made up of chocolate) as present

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  13. I prefer the mother´s day, beacuse it is a special day for my mother. I enjoy giving her a present. All my familiy eat toghether in a restaurant and we speak about nice things. It is the only day when my mother doesn´t do the houswork and she is very happy for this. The last mother´s they I, my siter and my brother did for my mother a digital album with our best photos. My mother enjoy with the present

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  14. Im come from Russia so my favorite holiday is Christmas and NEW YEARS...i love decorating the tree ...the presents the family together on those days..in my country we celebrate New Years with lots of fireworks by the biggest in a city Christmas tree.

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  15. I'm french. I don't knw anything about thansgiving but I wonder if those who celebrate it celebrate also chrismas. I'd like to know about other customs than mine.
    However my favourite holiday is chrismas. I love that time when you can enjoy such a feeling of peace and brotherhood enven if that's during a too short time...

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  16. I respect a lot the people´s beliefs and religions. But I think that in a world of globalization and consumerism and development is difficult believe all that some religions and vicars say the whole blessed day.I have my own belief or my own point of view to see the life but at the same time, everybody has to become autonomous, reflexive and critical individuals in order to choose what we really need and what makes really us good.Inasmuch, everybody has to be able to descriminate what is proper,useful,worth,pragmatic,accurate and so on.

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  17. I'm from Russia. In my country New Year's Day is more popular than Christmas. We celibrate Christmas in January, 7. Also Russian people celibrate Victory's Day in
    May, 9. In that day in 1945 the USSR conquered Germany. It's one of the most impotant holiday for us.

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  18. I am from Romania and my favourite holiday is Christmas because you have your whole family at the same table.We sing carols and dance.In my country are some specific carols like,,The goat".We make a costum that looks like a goat and put it on.After this we go at neighbours houses and sing and dance.It is very funny and you can try it.

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  19. I come from Taiwan.The most important tranditional hollidays in my country are the lunar New Year,the Middle-Autumn Festival and Dragon Boat Festival.
    During the lunar New Year We children dress new clothes and get money, put in a red envelope, from our parients.That means we grow up and older then last year.
    We eat moon cake in the Middle-Autumn Festival and eat rice dumplings in Dragon Boat Festival.2000 years ago. A great poet jumped into the lake,because the emperor trust in villain instead of listening to him. Ancient people worried that his body would bited by the fishes, so they throwed rice dumplings into the water.One of my favorite holidays,of course is the lunar New Year.

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  20. I saw your page about Holiday traditions, for me was very interesting, Iam from Peru, but I live en USA 9 ago, here is very different for us the Navidad, in my country is very nice, all the family are together, here no, because the family are far away..but about the audio is super nice and very clear..thank you so much for share this with us, in fact Iam learning english right now and for me in very nice, I practice all...thank you an Feliz Navidad...

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  21. New Year's day is one of the biggest holiday in Japanese culture. People usually celebrate the day with their family, in the morning saying "Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu" which means "A Happy New Year", then eating traditional new year's food called "Osechi" which has rice cake, sweat potate, etc. Some make a new year's resolution, and some just relax entire day watching TV, chatting, or playing card game. People rest up, and refresh theirselves, then go back to their normal life after New Year's day.

    I'm from Japan, thanks,

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  22. My favorite holiday is Carnival because we celebrate it two days: Monday and Tuesday. So you have the opportunity to travel to other places wirhin the country. you can visit relatives, and the most important THING is that you eat big, big meals, you play with water and dance...That´s really nice. That´t why I love CARNIVAL

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  23. I'm French, and my favorite day is Christmas. I spend all the day with my family, we eat our Christmas' meal and we drink champagne. We give our presents to our family and we receive our gifts.

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  24. My favorite holiday is Diwali(festival of light in India)..It is my favorite holiday These are the days we wear traditional clothes. We visit our relatives, friends and our colleagues to give wishes and gifts..We cook delicious dishes we have dinner together with our entire family..at late night we decorate our house with lights and display fire works..These few days are the most beautiful days..

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  25. My favorite holiday is Christamas because it is a time for the family. I am from Colombia, when i was a child we used to meet in my grandmothers house, with a lot of traditional food like tamales, empanadas, champus and many others. We prayed together to the boy jesus, and we used to built a little pesebre with the sacred family, Joseph, the virgin Mary and the little Jesus. The pesebre is a representation of Belem.

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  26. My favorite holiday is Christmas because it is the time we get complete with our families and relatives. We celebrate by sharing and eating together as a large group. We also share stories like how life goes on in and out of the Philippines. We love cooking and eating as a family.

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    1. Hi, where are you from?
      If a foreign person come to live with my family, she or he should understand this three traditions: Pascua: my kids love Pascua, since February we save the eggshells for Pascua, put in them chocolate, confetti, stickers or another small gift for the kids, and also we have to paint them, so we prepare this party with a lot of anticipation. Other important day is November 1th, “día de muertos”, even here everybody celebrate Halloween, I like to tell my children about our own celebration, make and eat the chocolate “Calaveras”, pain our faces like “catrinas”, and my husband like to write us “calaveritas” they are rimes with our name and some joke about the death, you know Mexicans make laugh of death. Finally we love to celebrate Christmas, for us it is a family day, one year we spend it with my parent in law, the next year with my parents, I prefer going with my parent obviously, but the other family is really nice too, we eat a fancy meal, give presents to everyone, especially the kids, play games and eat delicious and especial desserts.

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  27. Ramadhan & Eid Fitri holiday. after accomplish fasting in the month we grateful to Allah SWT. then we gather and visit neighbors, and relatives. in Eid Fitri also there are special dishes such as 'Ketupat' or 'Lontong'(cake rice), Rendang (beef with Padang spice), Opor ayam (chicken with opor spice) etc.

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  28. If a foreign person come to live with my family, she or he should understand this three traditions: Pascua: my kids love Pascua, since February we save the eggshells for Pascua, put in them chocolate, confetti, stickers or another small gift for the kids, and also we have to paint them, so we prepare this party with a lot of anticipation. Other important day is November 1th, “día de muertos”, even here everybody celebrate Halloween, I like to tell my children about our own celebration, make and eat the chocolate “Calaveras”, pain our faces like “catrinas”, and my husband like to write us “calaveritas” they are rimes with our name and some joke about the death, you know Mexicans make laugh of death. Finally we love to celebrate Christmas, for us it is a family day, one year we spend it with my parent in law, the next year with my parents, I prefer going with my parent obviously, but the other family is really nice too, we eat a fancy meal, give presents to everyone, especially the kids, play games and eat delicious and especial desserts.

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  29. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I'm from Ecuador and I spend time together with my family and I really like this.

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  30. hi! i´m from Mexico. my favorite holiday is the christmas, because keep together the families! i very love cook for my family, dinner all in my Mother´s house, and late in night wait for Santa Clos (in Mexico use this name for papa Noel). early in the morning al the kids in my family open the gifts and all the house feels happiness. sorry for my very bad grammar. :)

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  31. One of the most important holidays in Brazil for people is Carnival, but some people do not like it because at Carnival more people drink alcohol and go crazy. So when visitors arrive in Brazil in the carnival they need to know the carnival and if they do not like it, go to a place when there is no carnival party.

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  32. In Colombia there are many birthday parties, baptisms, fifteen years, weddings, Christmas and new years
    It is usually a very well prepared dinner with a drink, for the celebrations of the end of years is prepared custard and buñuelos besides turkey or suckling pig or tamales, we live in a country where there is a great variety of cultures and foods.

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  33. my favorite holiday tradition in brazil is Easter.
    because I love chocolate, and that day people use to change it.

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  34. Hi, Everyone. First of all, I want to let you know I"m beginner and my english it"s still somewhat pour. but I"ll do the best.

    My favorite holliday are (Easter week and Christmas).

    Easter week. At this time of the year the whole family get together at the my wife grandparents"house located in a town near of the city. Ones there, we cook the food on firewood and coal everyday this makes meal taste delicious, also we do sweet beans, swim in the river, do some sports activities, lie on the grass to have an encouter with nature and so on. That are really fantastic easter holydays.

    As for Christmas,my family get together one more time to have fun. we share presents,dance, eat a big christmas meal with differents kinds of meat, a lot of fruits, wine, beer, pop and other.

    Perhaps it sounds somewhat stupid but we put on new clothes for this day i don"t know why, so this is who we are and our culture as well. that"s all and thasnks for your time.

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  35. I am from Russia. We have holidays in May. For example 1st May.
    In this day many people go to their country house and start to prepare it and yard for the summer. Usually whole family gather together. And in the evening after working day everyone starts to celebrate and rest. It can take in four day.

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  36. Easter is very important holiday in Russia. We go to the church whole family in the morning or at night. We bring a bottle of wine, cooked eggs and the special cake, sometimes made from cottage cheese. After the sermon the churchman sanctifies these food and drink. The whole day people go to the their relatives and friends to celebrate this holiday. I advise to try to celebrate this holiday in Russia to understand and to feel the atmosphere of this holiday.

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  37. mi fiesta favorita es el año nuevo ya que en familia salimos de paseo a los pueblos de donde provenimos cada uno a donde nos gusta ir mas seguido es al tolima ya que es tierra caliente para ir a el rio a nadar ydisfrutar de las ferias y fiestas tambien bamos a comer tamal tolimense y reunirnos con conocidos y disfrutar

    my favorite party is the new year because as a family we go out for a walk to the villages where we come from, each one where we like to go more often is to tolima since it is hot land to go to the river to swim and enjoy the fairs and parties we also ate tamale tolimense and meet with acquaintances and enjoy

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  38. my favorite party is the new year because as a family we go out for a walk to the villages where we come from, each one where we like to go more often is to tolima since it is hot land to go to the river to swim and enjoy the fairs and parties we also ate tamale tolimense and meet with acquaintances and enjoy

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  39. El Festival Folclórico que se celebra en junio es una de las fiestas mas reconocidas en colombia, donde se exhibe muestras de nuestra cultura. En esta fiesta se realiza los desfiles de carrozas, la participación de las candidatas postuladas para el reinado del folclor y danzas típicas de los Andes colombianos.

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  40. I think holiday tradition that visitor should learn is eid Mubarak.It is because in Malaysia we will celebrate it without thinking about religion,race and country.And there are some cultural that malay always do it is they will do their relative's house.This is just to make a good relationship and to make sure that our family know each other.Futhermore,when we celebrate eid Mubarak we can make a memories with our friends because this is the chance to spend time together.

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Randall