Holidays Around The World

Posted by Annastazia Allgire on 12/19/2018 8:00:00 AM

Within the human race, there are a plethora of different skin colors, societal norms, cultural and religious beliefs, there are so many things that are different among us that it is all too easy to set up walls and boundaries to divide and separate us from one another. However, once we remove those limits, we can finally see how similar we are and one thing that connects us all is the holidays.


The holidays are the farthest thing for specific, look at any culture in the world and they will have some type of celebration or gathering between the months of December and February. While the names of each celebration may be different, the idea of it is always roughly the same, to bring together close friends and family and celebrate a religiously or culturally important event (usually), love and unity


For example, in the Bosnian culture instead of Christmas, their big holiday is New Years. They typically spend New Year’s Eve at a party with friends and family, giving presents, dancing and having fun to welcome in the new year.


Fellow student, Alisa Omerasevic who is Bosnian stated, “We celebrate New Year’s like our Christmas, so [Bosnians] go all out on New Year’s, buy a nice dress because we usually all go out to a New Year’s party… we all dance and have fun together no matter who you are.”


This just goes to show how even if people celebrate differently the meanings are still the same. A lot of cultures have other smaller celebrations along with the major one, like Christmas.


For example, in Mexican culture the Christmas celebration are not just simply on one or two nights, they start on December 12th and continue through January 6th. One of these many gatherings is el Día de los Reyes, or The Day of The Three Kings, to celebrate the Three Kings in the Bible who gave Jesus his gifts.


On this holiday it is tradition to eat a large, family sized pastry called ‘Rosca de Reyes’ (Three Kings Cake) and hidden in this cake are figures of Baby Jesus. Whom ever finds becomes the ‘Godparent’ of Baby Jesus for that year.


Along with many other nights of celebrations, the Mexican culture has quite the special Christmas.


Brandon Orta stated, “my favorite thing about these holidays is the fact that they’re so special to me and I’ve done them for so many years.”


It is in this time year where no matter your ethnicity, religion, or culture it is a time for celebration and family. Regardless of the differences in how your culture views the holiday compared to others, the meanings of each are what connects us underneath the idea of love and unity.