Tag Archives: holiday

QingMing Festival

Description: It is a Taiwanese holiday where people would visit the graves of their ancestors and loved ones.  Background: It was considered a national holiday in Taiwan, where she lived. Transcript: BL: So there is a holiday in Taiwan called QingMingJie or QingMing Festival, some people call it Tomb-Sweeping day. It’s when we go to… Continue Reading »

The Zorch

Main Piece: What the heck is the Zorch? “I think it was done on Tisha’b’av, inside the bunk, they [the counselors] would, before bed, they would turn off all the lights and hang dry cleaning plastic, you know what you wrap with, whatever that’s called, hang it from a lamp on a hanger, roll it… Continue Reading »

Hidden Pickle – Christmas Game

Description of Informant NM (49) is a Massachusetts native living in California. He commits to a regular exercise routine and owns/operates a metal decking supply firm. NM enjoys strategy games, world news/current events, and participates in a weekly chess match with friends. —  Game Hidden Pickle is a family-oriented hunt-style game, reminiscent of an Easter… Continue Reading »

Russian Holiday

Масленица Transliteration: Maslenitsa Translation: Butter Week Description: This is a spring equinox pancake holiday. During the festival everyone eats pancakes, burns dolls made of hay (effigies). The burning of the dolls is mostly done in villages. They also jump over a pit of fire. Maslenitsa is a Pagan holiday. The holiday is a way of… Continue Reading »

Armenian Vardavar Festival

Վարդավառ Transliteration: Vardavar Translation: Flaming Rose Description: Annual festival that Armenians celebrate on July 8th. Name literally means to sprinkle with water and the flaming of the rose. The legend comes from goddess of love named Astghik who spread love across Armenia by sprinkling rose water across the land. The god Vaghan is the person… Continue Reading »