What is your favorite or unusual holiday tradition?

rangoli on pujas - We decorate the floor with beautiful patterns during festival times and it is one art on the verge of being forgotten very fast which is sad.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
India
December 21, 2009 5:00am CST
With only a few days left to Christmas, I was reading different fun stories about elves, glitter boxes, charades. Even though it is not the primary festival that I celebrate, I have friends who do. We have similar, different and unusual traditions for which we wait eagerly for. Right now I can remember one such. We draw little feet with chalks or white paints on floor near the doors and keep them open in a belief that goddess Laxmi (Goddess of wealth and prosperity) would step into our house and bless us. It's silly but we have great fun drawing rangoli (patterns with colors) in floor. Rangolis are integral part of every festival that we celebrate. Share your traditions.
5 people like this
17 responses
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
21 Dec 09
Hi Mimpi! We too draw little feet with ground rice flour paste [baby Krishna's feet ] on Jenmashtami/Krishna Jayanthi day in September.And the fun part [ apart from complete fasting throughout the day] is that we make murukku, seedai[these are savoury items which no normal toothless child can eat]and also offer butter, curds, guavas, milk kheer, and many more sweets to Lord Krishna[in the name of Krishna we have a feast at home].But apart from joking , this drawing the feet of Lord krishna appeals to me very much.We draw these tiny feet right from the door to the shrine where we keep all the pictures and lamp for Bhagwan.And then we also garland the pictures. The feeling is very sweet and I love this concept that baby Krishna is taking his little steps to each house and is enjoying the sweet and other items we lovingly prepare and bestows His blessings on us.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
21 Dec 09
Ours is called 'Kolam'.We dip two fingers in the wet rice flour watery paste and draw 8 and add 5 dots on top.[if you draw it with a pencil and fill up the 8 ]you will get an idea as to how it would look.If it is in paint you can do it wiht abrush; but with rice flour paste slight skill is required.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
21 Dec 09
I have also heard that Bengalis have many customs similar to South Indians.In fact, recently when we met my son's friend's parents[he is a Bengali from Kolkata]inviting them for the wedding, we could share some similar customs.]
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
I have a friend who is Tamil from Kerala and we do share a few celebrations which are similar. The rituals are same but the customs are different. Same thing differently packed.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
My favourite holidays are Christmas and new year, and I'm not sure if these traditions are unusual! In my country (Philippines) most of the people will go for 9 days early mass or late evening mass before Christmas, and some of us believed that our wishes will be granted if we completed the nine days mass. On new year's eve or before, we collect 12 kinds of different round-shape fruits for luck and make such loud noise to prevent bad luck from coming, but not all Filipino do this. Merry Christmas dear.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
I have heard about this 9 days long mass for good luck. I think we have similar traditions during some regional festival. Even though I have little belief in these, I love the stories behind the traditions. sometimes, they have science behind them as well.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Listening to Christmas Metal Music and listening to H.P. Lovecraft (songs about Chthulu mythos) Winter Solstice music. We go to different relatives homes and we eat a lot of ham!
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
Sounds like great fun! Eating, music jamming and having fun - that's the true essence of festivals.
@snafushe (795)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
I don't suppose getting hammered with your family counts? We do most things pretty traditional. We do however eat Holuphchi, which is cabbage rolls, there a ukrainian dish. On easter we pain ceramic eggs. On Christmas we go Christmas caroling on this ferry that goes around this island, it's awesome. I love just driving around and looking at the Christmas lights, there so beautiful.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
It does! Holuphchi sounds different and its lovely painting those eggs and caroling around on a ferry! It all sounds so mesmering!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
22 Dec 09
We don’t have any Christmas traditions that are all that unusual at present although when I was a child growing up in Italy I was brought up to believe that Baby Jesus was the one who left me presents while I was asleep on Christmas Eve. For me it was not Santa, although I was very much aware of he was, but this little baby. The whole thing never made much sense because I could not see how an infant could deliver presents! I’ve not ever heard of that belief anywhere else and in our house nowadays we are quite happy to have Santa drop around!
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
That's a different story. Even though it feels good to get some kind of gift from Jesus himself but Santa is fun. Every house has its own sets of beliefs, traditions and myths which are being carried through legacy.
1 person likes this
• China
22 Dec 09
christmas is not a common festival in our country and so we don't have this kind traditional ways to celebrate . We youngers will go to church for this festival and after it we are going to celebrate with our ways . Truly ,i don't like any festivals .In my opinion i think festival is just on a excuse of gathering together ,if we want to have fun or get toghther we can choose any time which is fit for us not only on festivals. hope you have a nice day
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
That's true! But these days we have do not quite socialise except for festival time which gives us enough time to gather and have fun with family and loved ones.
• China
22 Dec 09
here is most favorite tradition festival to most of people is the spring festival and we celebrate it all the country. lots of delicious food and candies prepared for it and people around are so happy and said happy new year here and there. children play a lot of fireworks .
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
That's sounds like so much joy and fun. I think kids really like fireworks and candies are just so irresistible!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Dec 09
Chocolate advent calendars, one for each day from December 1st through Christmas, the kids love them.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
Sounds great!
@drannhh (15246)
• United States
22 Dec 09
I guess hanging multicolored lights and having fresh smelling pine branches about would be my favorite part of Christmas. Neighbors here go all out with the lights and decorations on their lawns, so my simple string of lights is pretty low-key by comparison, but it is nice to look out the window and see them twinkling there like rainbow stars in the night.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
I have seen he decorations in the movies. We do have a church nearby, a small one and it is decorated in its own small way but beautifully. I a sure your pine tree looks as beautiful. Merry X-mas to you and your family.
@mayhem23 (185)
• Canada
22 Dec 09
I don't have too many unusual holiday traditions. I always come for Christmas and enjoy playing music with my family. We usually have a jam session ranging from carols to the latest popular sings. It brings the family together and great joy to all!
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
That sounds so great! I love carols and certainly it brings in beautiful feeling and binds the family.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Hey mimpi! Now that sounds like a really adorable tradition! But, I have carpet by my door so what would I do? We don't really have any tradtions except for our little Christmas Tree that we put up and I haven't even done that yet! I used to put up a big 6 footer, but my cats like to climb so we stopped doing that and it's just too much work for me now. And we can't leave Santa his cookies and milk because my cats would be into that too! So, I guess all the tradtions have gone out the window since Star & Luna have taken the run of the house!lol The are the bosses you know! Whatever they want goes!lol You know how I love my kittys! My bf thinks I'm crazy too!
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
Hahaha...so Star and Luna make and break the traditions. But isn't it fun doing things for them, as they want it, different and lovely! And I think you are crazy as well but I love you being crazy. Have a wonderful festival time! Huggles.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
21 Dec 09
My family never forget to watch a DVD anything to do with Jesus during Christmas. That one tradition a learned from my parents which I want to keep on having. Good to know that whatever busy schedule we have, we can still sit together and watched how Jesus made miracles and bring hope into this world.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
That's sweet! I think festival time brings in different kinda emotions. we also watch all programs related to Gods and related stuffs during festival time. It makes us closer and we have great fun enjoying time and food together.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
21 Dec 09
well its a german tradition to hang a pickle on the tree (a glass one, not a real one) so the little kids can find it and get an extra present. we have a felt advent tree with pockets that i put treats and notes in for the whole month of december for our daughters. they really love it!
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
That's a great fun tradition! Sure, the kids cannot have more fun digging for the papers, pickles and gifts.
@divkris (1163)
• India
21 Dec 09
The best of all customs we have is cooking and eating delicacies. We make special feast, sweets and savorites and offer it to god (my mom places the food in our pooja room and leaves it there for a while for the Gods to taste the foods. After half an hour she gets it out of the room and we gobble the sweets. Then we distribute the sweets and savorites to our neighbors and relatives :)
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
Nothing could be more alluring that that Div, I bet! I remember, waiting for the puja to be over and since it takes a while to complete we used to get anxious and nearly devoured the food. The fun was more than the idea of eating itself.
@chaitra001 (3278)
• Bangalore, India
21 Dec 09
Hi mimpi nice topic dear.. yes RANGOLI is a part of each and every festival and celebration in south India.. we usually draw colourful rangolis on festivals and also on marraige and pooja's and all.. And also we used to have Rangoli competitions in our schools and colleges every year.. whcich was awesome to see so many colourful rangolis together.. it was held to encourage our traditional art in youth.. I love to draw rangoli though I am not that good at drawing it..
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
Yes Chaitra,. I do remember and miss the Rangoli days in school. It was great fun. We used to do it with flower petals as well. During festivals, traditionally we use rice paste but now I have seen people using colored paints as well.
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
21 Dec 09
We have a similar tradition here with the rangoli, the only thing being it's blended to suit our sentiments from the north modified with the traditions followed by the south. So much so that the outcome soometimes can be quite confusing. Even the christmas traditons are so different here as they get blended to suit the local traditions. The one i miss most, is the Lodhi festival one in which all the members sit around the fire toasting thier potoatoes in the cold and having a good session of fun.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
22 Dec 09
That sounds so different. I remember celebrating one such event just before the Holi day when we would make tall and creative structures out of dry twigs, branches of trees, papers all that is scrap. They we would burn it with potatoes inside them. The fire used to rise high up and staying for long hours. In the meanwhile the potatoes been baked. Lodhi sounds so much similar except for the timing. I think, festivals are being modified to suit our taste and cultures, as you have said. For the same reason we have noodles in our own style!
1 person likes this
• United States
22 Dec 09
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is sharing Christmas with our Jewish neighbors. When my kids were young, they loved going next door to learn about their traditions. Their girls would come to our house to learn about Christmas. We would go to their house to participate in their big feast and they would come to ours for Christmas dinner. To this day, even though the kids are all grown and have lives of their own, we parents still participate in each others' celebratory dinners. It's really nice to be able to learn about other religions and cultures and how they celebrate this time of year. We know we don't share beliefs but still, we are willing to share and spend those days together as friends.