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A Special Occasion or Holiday Related to
My Culture That I Appreciate

Themes:

Tolerance and Diversity

Purpose:

To have students describe a special holiday that has particular meaning for them.

Introduction:

In today’s circle session, we’re going to talk about something you’ve experienced that belongs to your culture. The topic is, “A Special Occasion or Holiday Related to My Culture That I Appreciate.” Some special occasions are called “rites of passage.” These are significant life events like the christening of a baby, a baptism, a bar or bat mitzvah, a wedding, or a funeral. They mark a person’s passage from one stage in his or her life to another. Not every event of this nature is enjoyable, of course, especially if it marks the death of a loved one. But a funeral is still appreciated by many people because the ritual offers a kind of comfort.


Many of the values and attitudes handed down from one generation to another last a long time because they are a traditional part of a certain way of life; they stand for something treasured. Examples may be the Fourth of July for a citizen of the United States and Cinco de Mayo for Mexican-Americans. Other examples are holidays like Halloween, Easter, and Passover. Take a moment to think of a special occasion that relates to your culture—a rite of passage or a holiday that you particularly enjoy or appreciate. The topic is, “A Special Occasion or Holiday Related to My Culture That I Appreciate.”

Key questions:

— What do holidays and special rites of passage do for people?
— In what other ways are we influenced by out ancestors?
— How do you feel about doing traditional things your ancestors did?

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