Monday, November 25th, 2013
The holiday season is approaching fast. Many people see Thanksgiving as the official start of the holiday season because Santa is the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, holiday music starts playing on radio stations, and stores use Black Friday to start sales on items. While Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday, do other cultures have a similar tradition?
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
This week we have Pedro sharing about his home country, Colombia. What Pedro misses most is the delicious food, happy lifestyle, and high level of appreciation shared among the people.
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
The family unit in China is very involved. The differences between Chinese family life and the American family life is starkly different, though relatable. Both play integral parts of life. Though, adulthood interactions can vary a lot. To showcase, this post will focus on the aspects of relationships and familial housing.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Halloween has just passed. Halloween means walking around your neighborhood getting free candy and watching movies like Dracula and Frankenstein, but was Halloween always like this? Halloween happens on a day that used to be All Hallows Eve, which was considered the greatest day to practice magic. What was All Hallows Eve and how was it celebrated?
All Hallows Eve, also known as Samhain in Celtic culture, was the most significant holiday because it marked the beginning of the winter season, and also was considered an ending and a beginning in the eternal cycle (Santino). All Hallows Eve was seen as important because the people believed that spirits of the dead were closest to them. “It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld” (Santino).
Monday, October 21st, 2013
As I walk through the mall, I see stores already getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. With these holidays comes families making holiday treats for the whole family to enjoy, recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Personally, my grandmother taught me two years ago how to make her apple pie for the holiday season.
After learning how to make my grandmother’s apple pie, I became an avid baker and wanted to learn how to make other desserts and entrees. While Thanksgiving in an American tradition and holiday, Christmas is a Christian holiday that is celebrated around the world. What are desserts that other cultures make to pass down for their holiday meals?
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
This week’s blog post is about small towns. David N. and Evan M. have each lived in small towns and larger metropolises. Their accounts of small town living are eerily similar, though thousands of miles separated.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
With the start of fall comes the start of sports. Football season has started and hockey season is about to start. Fall also brings the end of baseball season and soccer season is already in full swing. Here in Maryland, football is very important, so I asked myself why football is so big and if there are similarities to other sports. I also wondered what sports were prominent in other countries, like Spain, since football is considered an American sport.
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Bounjour! = Hello!
¿Cómo estás? = How are you?
Lasst uns essen = Let’s eat
Samy grew up in Switzerland. His first language is English. He is now fluent in English, German, and working on French.
Stephanie grew up in the United States and moved to Switzerland for five years. She is now fluent in English and French and knows a little German.
Both have given me some insights on what it is like to learn a second language as a child.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Summer is coming to an end. For many, summer ends when school starts. The summer holidays were exciting and full of memories. Days were spent at the pool or in the yard with sprinklers. Many memorable activities involve water fights, especially during the days with scorching heat. The fourth of July, one of the most iconic American holidays, came and went with fireworks and hotdogs. People ventured out to enjoy parades and eat American foods. This is a well known holiday in the United States, however summer celebrations take place across the globe in many different exciting forms.
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
It’s back -to-school time!!!!!
Kids are excited and anxious to learn and meet new people. To get your child in the spirit of learning, you can use the start of a new year as the motivation to expose your family to different cultures. Children meet new friends and classmates every year from different cultural backgrounds. Learning and experiencing other cultures can help kids better interact with kids of different backgrounds.