This year’s Seasons of Cultural Celebrations, sponsored by OMSA (along with the help of students), will be held on Wednesday from 12-1 pm in Main Place. The celebrations highlight both Christmas traditions and different cultural traditions that occur around this time. The winter season is often correlated with Christmas, so the main purpose of the event is to include other cultural celebrations that members of our campus partake in during the holidays.
The Jewish holiday of Chanukah, the day before Hanukkah, will be recognized. The Indian holiday Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, will be recognized, as well as the German tradition Oktoberfest. The Mexican tradition of Posadas will be included, which is a celebration inspired by the night Joseph and Mary went door to door asking for a place to stay, something the participants replicate while singing a traditional song that accompanies the event from the 16th to the 24th of December.
The Mexican three wise men celebration and celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe will also make an appearance in the event. The Hmong and Japanese New Years will be covered, and the Chinese Lion will make an appearance. Students will perform a traditional Thai song for the audience. The Filipino tradition of Pasko will be recognized, as well as the Incwala (also known as the Festival of the First Fruits) New Years celebration that takes place in Swaziland, Africa.
All levels of the university will be involved in the Seasons of Cultural Celebrations event, from faculty and staff members to students from various organizations. Some students involved in the event will even dress in ethnic outfits for the occasion. While no hot food will be available, there will be various desserts that are popular amongst the cultures.
The event has been around for around ten years now and remains a popular event for this time of the year. “It reflects our global society. We need to remember to look outside of ourselves. This event reflects our reality,” Mary Xiong of OMSA stated. “It’s a celebration of who we are and brings to light cultures we don’t really recognize.”
It is sure to be a fun, yet informative, time that will give students a chance to see what winter celebrations exist outside of Christmas!