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What holidays are most celebrated at Cavelero Mid-High School?

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Andi Heininger
A llama with twinkle lights celebrating the season.

Have you ever wondered which holidays are celebrated the most passionately across the globe? With so many vibrant and exciting holidays happening all year round, it’s hard to tell which one truly takes the cake. In a quest to find the answers, we look at Cavelero Mid-High students to see which holidays they most commonly celebrate. To better understand which holidays are most celebrated by Cavelero scholars, students were sent out a survey to gather thoughts and opinions. The survey aims to unravel this mystery and provide insight into Cavelero’s diverse celebration of major holidays.

Holidays are important to people around the world, they are celebrations about life, death, religion, and so much more. According to bilingualkidspot.com, some of the most popular holidays around the world are; New Year, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Holi, Easter, Midsummer, Ramadan, Day of the Dead, Diwali, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Many of these spectacular holidays take place during the winter season. A common theme for the majority of holidays is to gather together with family and friends to feel the spirit of the holiday. Whether you practice your religion, dress up, enjoy meals together, or simply have fun with traditions, the togetherness is often what makes it something important to celebrate and share with others.  

Liah Campbell celebrating New Year’s (Andi Heininger)

When Cavelero scholars were asked what holidays they celebrate around the world there were common answers such as Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Independence Day, April Fool’s Day, Labor Day, Raksha Bandhan, Memorial Day, New Years, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, & Valentines Day. There were also interesting results such as Hanukkah, Diwali, Three Kings Day, Cinco De Mayo, Donut Day, Yule, Good Friday,  and Summer Solstice. Many of these holidays have to do with culture or religion. Religion and culture play big roles in holidays as it is a matter of faith and beliefs. The top five most celebrated holidays were Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, New Year, and Halloween.  All these holidays are vibrant with color and full of many emotions.  Student athlete and scholar Liah Campbell celebrates many South Korean holidays. “I celebrate a lot of Korean Holidays, but some of my favorites include the Korean New Year, it’s called Seolnal, it is on the first day of the first lunar month. Seolnal is considered the most important holiday in Korea. But my favorite holiday is Children’s Day. Children get to ask their parents for one gift, and one gift only, and they receive it on May 5th. I love being able to choose my gift so much. Another close runner-up for me is Chuseok, which is the celebration of a good harvest. We get to eat a lot of good food on this day with your family and relatives.” Even though Campbell doesn’t live in Korea anymore she loves to stay connected to her traditions and culture.  

It is understandable that many students may feel uncertain about whether or not to celebrate holidays that are not commonly observed in their community. With diverse cultural backgrounds and traditions, people often observe different holidays at different times of the year. As a result, it is not uncommon for individuals to celebrate unique holidays that are not widely recognized by others. One holiday that some students thought was less commonly celebrated is Diwali. But it is no less celebrated in India. In fact, Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday, it is also known as the festival of lights. It is a national holiday that is celebrated over the course of five days as well and different parts of India, the Northern, Southern, and Western parts all celebrate this beautiful holiday in different ways. The common theme that connects all of the unique celebrations is the victory of good over evil. To learn more, National Geographic goes into a deep dive on Diwali. 

Traditions are what make holidays special, from goofy ones your family made when you were two, to ones that have been passed down from ancestors for generations. Many students and their families travel for the holidays to their relatives, family friends, or to go on a relaxing vacation. Others have their family come to visit them or simply have a stay-at-home holiday. From turkey covered in gravy to flan, people all over the school enjoy tasty food that is shared with family and friends. Some people will start preparing a week early for the holidays because they have to have a huge feast ready in time for celebrating and eating! One thing everyone can agree on is the best traditions are celebrated with your family and friends.

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Ainsley Davis, Journalist
Hi, I am Ainsley Davis, a 9th-grade journalist at Cavelero Mid-High. I'm the youngest of three and have 18 pets! I enjoy reading, playing volleyball with my friends, baking, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family in my free time. I did tae kwon do for about 5-6 years and got to my second degree black belt before quitting to focus on my studies more. Thanks for getting to know me!
Andi Heininger, Journalist
I'm in 9th grade and I'm super excited to be taking Journalism this year! I love to write, especially about topics I'm passionate about. Some of my other hobbies include soccer, reading, and debating.  Thanks for taking the time to read about me!

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