Holiday Traditions

By: Mary Wolfe, Cultural and Linguistic Competence Coordinator

FAST TRAC families will be joining together to share their food and cultural traditions at the annual FAST TRAC Holiday Traditions Celebration. Each year, families get together and share things like piƱatas, Spanish Christmas Carols, and, of course, food! This year we are including some Native American traditions, along with a Hispanic musical trio and salsa dancing! Holidays are the perfect opportunity to share with others and learn about the traditions celebrated by people from other cultures. Even traditions that we take for granted may originate from other cultures. From pumpkins coming from a Celtic tradition in pagan times in what is now known as Ireland, to the story of Saint Nicholas, the now Americanized Santa Claus. Culture can be fun and learning to be open to new experiences during the Holidays is a great way to start.