Category Archives: Rituals, festivals, holidays


Easter egg game (Maseehh kom) – Arabic Folk Game

Context: She learned this game from her family when she was around two years old, in Egypt. She said that the reason they commemorate Jesus’s resurrection with cracking eggs is because Jesus emerged from the tomb like a chick emerging from an egg. Game: This game requires two people (P1 and P2), each with a… Continue Reading »

Maui Harnessing the Sun

Informant Context: James has lived in many locations internationally, including Cosa Rica, Mexico, and Nepal. His family is located in Hawaii, where he will often visit during his breaks from school. He is a student in London, United Kingdom, studying fashion.  Transcript: JAMES: Obviously I am not native Hawaiian, but having spent some time there—especially… Continue Reading »

PICKLE IN THE CHRISTMAS TREE

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So like a German tradition is you hide like a pickle––or, the parents hide a pickle––like, in the Christmas tree… And then like all the kids have to find it in the tree. And like, whoever wins––like in the olden days, they used to get like an orange. Or they might get… Continue Reading »

FRATERNITY HELL WEEK

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: I think this is like our second or third day into Hell Week, and we had had some kind of––we were in the courtyard, and they’d given us these giant bowls of chocolate pudding… And it turned into a food fight. So we had, like, just gone nuts, or you know… Spitting… Continue Reading »

RUSSEFEIRING

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So Russefeiring is a celebration of graduates from high school… I guess high school, sort of… The age is kind of in between high school and college I think, ‘cause most of them are 18 or 19. Um, but, you know, they’re ending a three-year academic education. And so they celebrate in… Continue Reading »