Significance of holiday traditions

(Photo Credit: Andrea Garcia) After hours of decorating her Christmas tree, this is Garcia final project.

By Stephania Flores ’20

From celebrating Kentucky Fried chicken for dinner in Japan or hiding brooms from witches in Norway, or doing Christmas posadas in some Latin American countries, these are some of the few traditions that happens around the world during the holidays.

Traditions are customs or beliefs that are passed from generation to generation. During the holiday season, many families come together and enjoy each other’s company. Families sit around the table and enjoy having small talk here and there. However, each family has their own tradition based on their  culture.

Junior Yoana Hernandez said, “For Christmas, we put  baby Jesus under the tree with the plastic animals.” In the Hispanic community, the celebration of the Jesus’ birth is referred to as “Posadas.” Most of these Posadas are celebrated between Dec. 16 to the 24. The significance of Las Posadas is to celebrate the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem to give birth to Jesus.

As seen above, traditions can be based on religion. Junior Andrea Garcia can also relates to Hernandez by celebrating traditions based on religious  beliefs. Garcia stated that one tradition she does with her family is “wrapping a porcelain baby and everyone has to carry him while we do prayers.” Garcia mentioned that she does this to give thanks to Jesus for everything he has done for her and her family. Garcia revealed that “a major part from putting the Christmas tree and light[s] is to decorate our Virgen de Guadalupe [Virgin Mary] with flowers and candles.”

Traditions can also be celebrated based on family. Freshman Melanie Lopez explained that for Christmas, she and her family “put [up] a Christmas tree and lights,” but it all depends on which house Lopez and her family celebrates in. Lopez mentioned how some years, she celebrated Christmas in her house. Other times, she celebrated it in her aunt’s house. At the same time, Lopez added that “having family together is the most important tradition that I would like to carry on over the years.”

Each family has their own significance or purpose for celebrating a particular tradition. Hernandez answered that people do traditions to keep values within families and pass memories down to the next generations. Garcia can also relates to Hernandez because Garcia “believes that many people perform these traditions with their family and for their culture.” Garcia continues by saying that “ever since I was a baby, my family has performed these traditions.“ Lopez commented on the same thing about “spending quality time together” with her family.

Some of the significances or purpose for celebrating can vary depending on your beliefs and culture. At the end of that day, each tradition caries on a special moment to share with loved ones and pass the same traditions to future generations.