Winter Traditions

Sasha Numazu-Fisher, Reporter


   For those in China, the holiday is mostly celebrated in major cities and known as the spring festival to those who are not Christians. People make family feasts with Chinese delicacies such as barbequed pork, chicken and soup with wood ears during the holiday.



    In the Philippines, celebrations start as early as Dec. 16 and since 80 percent of the population is Christian, it is a major holiday. There are masses held before Christmas called “Misa De Gallo” and on the first Sunday of January the feast of three kings is celebrated.



    People in Mexico decorate their homes with evergreen, moss and paper lanterns and children celebrate by performing posadas, where they reenact the days prior to Jesus’ birth.



    Kwanzaa is a celebration made to honor African heritage and African-American culture. It is celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 and is not a religious holiday but rather a celebration that honors the values of ancient African cultures. On each of the seven days a different principle is honored and people light a candle on their kinara, a type of candle holder, to symbolize each principle. During the holiday week people are most likely found decorating their homes with Kwanzaa symbols and flags, creating large feasts for their families and giving gifts.



Christmas is one of the most beloved holidays of all time, but it is not the only celebrated festivity during the winter season. In fact, there are many other cultures and people that have their own unique and special traditions that they celebrate as well. Christmas, which began as a celebration of Jesus’ birth, has now evolved into a universal time of giving, happiness and family.