Campus Community students study holiday traditions
During the month of December Campus Community School students learned the story of holiday traditions from around the world.
The first part of the study was finding common elements between all five. Students learned that using candles, family meals, cultural stories, as well as gift-giving, are all four of the common elements.
Students studied how traditions are reflected in art work, and looked at how light in many cultures is an inspiration to stories, holidays, and music. The students were asked to design or create a light source helping to celebrate or focus on one of the stories or events.
Mrs. Boland’s Art Club and Mrs. Schafferman’s fifth grade class worked together to create large hallway murals displays of the five world cultural holiday traditions.
Students studied the events and traditions of Christmas in the United States, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, a time many people decorate Christmas trees, their homes, and visit family and friends to exchange gifts; Kwanzaa, honoring the culture and traditions of people of African origin; Ramadan, a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity and religious devotion; Hanukkah, an eight day celebration of food, singing and gift giving to commemorate the Jewish people’s successful rebellion against the Greeks in the Maccabean War; and Diwali, a celebration in India where followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism celebrate a festival of physical and spiritual lights.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Ramadan, Happy Diwali, and Happy Kwanzaa!