Over the times we could say the world is in sync through cultural means by adapting other’s values from way overseas. Through modernization if not globalization we have come to familiarize the grounds of our continents, whether it’s through creating cultural loopholes or by replacing one’s over the other. In our case, we’re more of sending off our vicinity to make room for the foreign set, from the Christmas tree to baby showers.
Adjusting to a good tradition is nice as long as it backs one’s background, as long as it fosters one’s manners and values, and most of all, as long as it doesn’t take over what has been in the family tree over the years.
Another set of generation on a whole other cultural stance has taken over. Going all foreign like mentioned above, starting from Christmas, to which we once had our own celebration style has now turned to be all about the Christmas tree and all the decoration. That right there is an indication to how we have replaced our grounds with theirs. Followed by other traditions like Halloween, thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts, to which we have no connections to, yet managed to celebrate it anyways. As well as a wedding rehearsal which is ultimately a practice of your wedding ceremony. Typically held the day (or two) before the wedding day followed by a rehearsal dinner in which the bridal party, their dates, and immediate family is invited.
Then there are other traditions that simply nurture customs like baby showers, a way to celebrate the expected birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother at a party, whereas other cultures host a baby shower to celebrate the transformation of a woman into a mother.
With all that said, and since today they are celebrating thanksgiving, I thought we might as well go along. Its origin and values might not have anything to do with ours but the practice by its self is simply uplifting.
Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. In the US Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada nearly one month and a half earlier (second Monday of October). It has deep roots in religious tradition.
Thanksgiving tradition began in early XVII century, but date and popularity varied between states. First nation-wide Thanksgiving was proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by George Washington. The contemporary date of fourth Thursday of November was set in 1941 by federal legislation.
Thanksgiving Day is a time set aside to gather together in gratitude and reverence for one’s blessings and to enjoy a portion of those blessings with a feast of food shared in fellowship among friends and family. A sacred day (one set apart for a specific purpose) and one looked forward to and then remembered long after the day has passed. A great time to be thankful and appreciate who you have and what you have. It is a time for families to meet, socialize and enjoy each other’s company, sometimes the only opportunity in a year. Some prefer it to Christmas because of less emphasis on consumerism. Thanksgiving, for most, is also a start of a four day weekend which is great, too.
It is celebrated through different activities, aside the feast, people prepare gratitude jar, thank you card for neighbors and friends, some in a way to recognize what they took for granted, volunteer to help the homeless, visit the old and whatnot.
In this busy world, I think we need to have declared days to stop us so we could see how far we have come, who has been there with us throughout our journey, and even what we look forward to. It might be so foreign but what do we have to lose taking today off so we could recognize what we’re simply driving past by?
Let your friends know how thankful you are for having them, let all you have taken for granted hear you say thank you, and also give yourself a pat on the back for having been so strong all this way, today, just be grateful.