Every Monday is a New Topic
Tolerance and Diversity
To have students describe a special holiday that has particular meaning for them.
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.”
— 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?