Category Archives: Initiations


The Frozen Fruit Cake

Main Piece: Informant describing a tradition from the theater at his high school: “At my high school during the fall play, there was this tradition of giving a frozen fruit cake to the favorite freshman by the senior class. The freshman was someone who was like really funny or helped out a lot or did… Continue Reading »

Celebration of Springfest at an All-Female High School

Main Piece: The informant explained to me that there was a tradition of celebrating Springfest at their all-girls high school. Each year the juniors would all wear white dresses and the seniors would wear dresses of any color. The whole school from grades 5-12 would go sit in the chapel, while the juniors and seniors… Continue Reading »

Gray Thursday and Black Friday

Main Piece: Within the private schools in the greater Memphis, Tennessee area the informant explained to me there is a tradition of Black Friday and Gray Thursday. This description is the informant’s personal experience with Black Friday.  Black Friday was the day before the seniors were going to graduate. Before Black Friday the informant said… Continue Reading »

Quinceanera celebration

Main piece:  The following was transcribed from a conversation between informant and interviewer. Informant: A tradition… that all families, all hispanic families celebrate, or all families do is a daughter’s 15 year old birthday. They call it a quinceanera. All families do it. The 15 year ceremony is very important because the dad presents his… Continue Reading »