Category Archives: Holidays

Holidays and holiday traditions


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 »

Yusheng

Description: It is the tossing of fish salad done during the New Years. People would circle around with chopsticks in hand. Then they would throw the salad as high as they are able, the higher meaning better fortune for the next year and having your wishes come true. The fish is the most important part… Continue Reading »

Ghost Month

Description: A month dedicated to ghosts as they come to the land of the living and wander the streets. The ghosts would stay starting from the first day of the seventh month of the Lunar Calendar. During this time, people would leave food and other object offerings to the hungry ghosts. Background: As the informant… Continue Reading »

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 »

Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens on New Years

The informant is from South Carolina and recounts a New Years tradition from the region. T: On New Year’s Day, in the South, everybody cooks black eyed peas and collard greens. The back eyed peas are good for money. The black eyed peas represent the change and the collard greens is the cash. And that’s… Continue Reading »