Diversity Magazine Fall 2016
Celina Amaro, México, ESOL Writing III
There are many memorable traditions in the US, but one tradition is particularly important to me because of a special experience, and that’s Thanksgiving. It is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November every year. Its main purpose is to give thanks for everything that we have such as a lovely family, friends, and the delicious dinner that was prepared with so much enthusiasm by some family members. I remember preparing all the ingredients for the special dinner. Even though I was excited, I felt tired and uneasy. Luckily, my husband helped me a lot. I also had two important reasons to motivate myself to keep going with my cooking.
Arjun Shrestha, Nepal, ESOL Writing III
Christmas is my favorite American religious holiday. This holiday is significant for Christians because it celebrates God becoming a man in order to save human beings from their sins through the birth of Jesus Christ. People celebrate this holiday on December 25. On Christmas Eve, December 24, many American families like to hang stockings over the fireplace with their names on them. Houses are decorated with mistletoes, holly, a Christmas tree, and other seasonal decorations.
Mio Waller, Japan, ESOL Writing III
My favorite American tradition is Christmas. I think that it is one of the events which expresses America. For Christmas, most of my relatives, including my aunt, uncle, and cousins come to my grandparents’ home. We enjoy talking about anything that happened and eating dinner. My grandmother prepares many meals like big turkey, gravy, and salads. Her cake is the best dessert on the table. The table is decorated with some candles and beautiful tablecloth.
Natalia Gomez, Colombia, ESOL Writing III
One of my favorite American traditions is Christmas. Christmas is one of the most beautiful traditions around the world. However, in the US, Christmas is something different. People start getting ready for Christmas 6 months before December. Christmas also means the beginning of a new year, a step for new life, for new goals, and new dreams. Christmas is the most colorful and happiest holiday of the year.
Irving Rafael Arias Morales, Venezuela, ESOL Writing III
The American holiday that I like the most is Independence Day, 4th of July. Most of the countries do not take an independence day with the importance that this day deserves. However, the people in the US celebrate this day with a lot of activities, such as parades and barbecue. In addition, almost all the houses and cars have the American flag on top, and people wear something with their national flag on it.
Isabel Ferrufino, El Salvador, ESOL Writing III
I have been living in the U.S. since 2013, and all this time my favorite American tradition has been Thanksgiving Day. This traditional day is special for many American families and friends including my own. Thanksgiving Day is a time for my family to give thanks for everything we have. We get together at my aunt’s house for a special meal that my aunt and I prepare during the day. The dishes that we usually cook include a roasted turkey, potato salad, gravy, vegetables, and a pumpkin pie.
Elena Amesquita, Mexico, ESOL, Writing III
I know some things about Thanksgiving Day because I saw this tradition in my favorite TV show “Friends.” The main characters of the show celebrated this holiday by eating turkey, potatoes, and a pumpkin pie together. In the morning, they watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Later, Monica and her friends prepared the holiday dinner. While they were cooking, they had a football game on TV which was a part of the holiday tradition.
Iris Yang, China, ESOL Writing III
Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite American traditions. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving is a very meaningful holiday because it commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621; therefore, it reminds people to never forget their history. Second, Thanksgiving is one of the most important festivals for American people because it brings families together. No matter how busy people are, they get together with their dear ones to share a holiday dinner and enjoy the peaceful moment with them. The traditional Thanksgiving food is turkey and a pumpkin pie.
John Wu, China, ESOL Writing III
One day my family members had a bizarre experience on Halloween. Halloween is an interesting American tradition. It is celebrated on the night of October 31st, and it is traditionally believed to be the time when ghosts and witches can be seen. On Halloween, children often dress up in costumes and go from door to door asking their neighbors for sweets. In addition, many stores start selling Halloween costumes and decorations very early. It seems that people celebrate this holiday for a month. However, my family had an awkward experience one Halloween. In the evening, my mom was waiting for kids to come for candy.
Yiying He , China, ESOL Writing III
My favorite American tradition is Halloween. This amusing holiday is celebrated on October 31st. First, one week before Halloween, people begin to decorate their houses with evil witches, skeletons, ghosts, cobweb, and headstones. They also put jack-o'-lanterns on the grass in the front yards and hang dark lights around their houses, so they look scary at night. Last year, I saw an amazing Halloween house in the evening. A ghost was lit up by bright white light, a spider was moving in the cobweb, and there was white smoke around the house. It looked frightening. Second, during the Halloween night, some people go to a costume party.