Monday, September 17, 2007

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.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

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.

Anna said...

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!

jane said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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...

van nhi said...

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.

angela said...

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

Yo said...

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.

peter said...

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

Tuyet said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Natasha said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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...

Nicolas Pinilla Nossa said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

diana_GD said...

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.

快樂的羊 said...

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.

Carmen said...

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...

Makoto said...

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,

Bertha said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Aprajita Guha said...

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..

Anonymous said...

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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