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The Prep-work Behind The Elderflower Festival

Interviewer: So how did it get started in your home town? Informant: My parents started off just making a couple of gallons with a couple of friends, I’m not sure exactly who they picked it up from. And I think they may have done that in the house before the Bury. Or right around that… Continue Reading »

Carnival: South America’s Pre-Lent Festival

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my informant (JZ).  JZ: Carnival happens for a reason, but it’s not for me, really. Honestly, no one knows, or no one cares… But it is religious related. I did look it up once, though… It always happens before Ash Wednesday, which… Continue Reading »

American Halloween Parties: A Festival

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my mother/informant (ET).  ET: I went to Catholic school growing up, and we always had All Saints Day off, which is the day after Halloween, so we’d always have big sleepovers on Halloween. You know, since no one was going to school… Continue Reading »

Russian Holiday: Ivan Kupala

Иван Купала Transliteration: Ivan Kupala Description: This is a traditional slavic holiday. It is the celebration of the summer solstice when nights are the shortest (around June-July) although, every year is different. It is an incorporation of a number of pagan rituals. On the eve of Ivan kupala there are ceremonies conducted which symbolize elements… Continue Reading »

The Day of the Dead

Main piece: The following is transcribed from a conversation between informant and interviewer.  Informant: The day of the dead for example. This one is very popular throughout Latin America too. And it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor… everyone celebrates November 1st and 2nd. There are festivals in the streets and everyone buys those… Continue Reading »