Holidays — March 31, 2016

Holidays

Everyone has their own way of celebrating holidays.  But sometimes these holidays get  overseen because of commercialization.  Here are some examples of holidays that are overlooked:

Valentine’s Day

When we think of Valentine’s Day several things came to mind.  Heart shaped candy, cards, flowers, presents and fancy dinners.  People spend hundreds of dollars trying to impress their partner. 

The real reason for Valentine’s Day is attributed to a Christian martyr by the name of Valentine. 

St. Patrick’s Day

The color green is one of the main concepts of St. Patrick’s Day. Or at least that’s what industries want us to think. Stores sell green hats, scarves, T-shirts, candy and even green food.  Coffee places like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks have seasonal drinks just for each holiday.  Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.  Giving people another reason to drink. 

St. Patrick is supposed to be remembered on this day. 

Easter

Bunnies, colored plastic eggs, jelly beans, Easter baskets filled with candy… all symbolizes of what Easter is.  All far from what Ea
ster actually is… The Resurrection of Jesus Christ the most important celebration in the Catholic Church

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a lot like St. Patrick’s Day, another reason to drink.  Eating tacos is also associated with the holiday but is just a stereotype of the day and cultural. 

Cinco de Mayo is to celebrate the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla.

 

Halloween                       

Stores during this time are filled with candy, costumes and decorations.  Trick-or-treating, haunted house and Halloween Parties are what people think about when they hear Halloween.

 

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has become about the food and shopping deals.  Families usually have a big family dinner with a whole bunch of food.  Black Friday after Thanksgiving makes the entire holiday seem about the money and gifts rather than giving of what a person already has. 

Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus but like all the other examples industry makes into something that it is not.  People put up their decorations and Christmas trees up as soon as Thanksgiving for loved one, wait for Santa to bring present… it is all misunderstanding of what the holiday is. 

There are more holidays that commercialized but I think these were the main ones.

100 Nights Dinner — March 11, 2016

100 Nights Dinner

A 100 Nights dinner is one of the several events to look forward to as a senior.  It means that there are a hundred days until we graduate.  So, it’s a little bitter/sweet. It’s a time for all to be together.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t go.  But what I hear from my friends is that it was really fun.  There was a photo booth and everyone dressed up really nice. 

The only reason I didn’t go was because I went to a Sweet 16 that day. Now don’t get me wrong I would have liked to have gone to 100 Nights but the timing was at the same time.  And then the dinner was moved to 6 so technically I would’ve had time to go to both. But by that time I could RSVP anymore for the dinner.   

 It was my friend Shyan’s Sweet 16.  I’ve known Shyan since freshman year first period bio.  Shyan skipped a couple of grades so she just turned 16 this year. 

I had a lot of fun at her party.  She had her party at Eastwood Manor which is close to Spellman.  When my friend and I got there we were confused because we weren’t sure in which room the party was being held.  So we had to guess but Thank God the first door we tried was the right one.  There was several people from Spellman who went to the party.  The food and the cake were really good.  She had a photo booth.  Her 16 candle speeches were so cute, she was trying to make everyone cry.  The party finished at about 1.