Diversity Magazine Fall 2016
Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Mexico, ESOL Writing III
Thanksgiving is my favorite American tradition. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This is one of the best holidays because families get together to share a delicious holiday meal and give thanks for good things in their lives. The centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dinner is turkey. That is why this holiday is also referred to as “Turkey Day”. The Other traditional foods are stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet corn, and various vegetables like squash and green beans. However, the champion of the Thanksgiving meal is undoubtedly a pumpkin pie.
Adriana Lovos, Mexico, Grammar III
Thanksgiving is my favorite American tradition. It has a beautiful yet sad story about the history of the European people and the Native Americans. Also, this tradition is about giving, praying, helping, learning, and being thankful. This tradition has been used to teach people about American history and its freedom. When I was younger, I participated in a Thanksgiving pageant. I dressed as a Native American. The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to build their homes, grow food, make clothes, and hunt animals for food. We had a great time, and we learned a lot about American history.
María M. Juárez, Mexico, Grammar III
The posadas are the best time that I like because I have the opportunity to meet with family and friends. There are nine posadas, starting December 16 and ending December 24, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. These posadas mean the nine months Virgin Mary was pregnant with Jesus. The posadas have been celebrated in Mexico and several Latin countries. I celebrate the posadas each year, in the church or in my house. The posada begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends around 10:00 p.m. First, I give the people a pamphlet with some prayers, Christmas carols, and the posada litany. Also, I distribute candles. A girl and a boy are dressed as Mary and Joseph.
Fourth of July
Rouhieh Saeidi, Iran, ESOL Writing III
My favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. It is also known as the Independence Day of the United States, the day that the United States of America was no longer part of the British Empire. I love this holiday because friends and families get together to party and eat. The town gets decorated with the American flag, and many people wear red, blue, and white clothing. Usually, the town holds festivities where people get together to enjoy a barbeque, dance, and shop.
Sumeira Kamran, Pakistan, ESOL Writing III
My favorite American tradition is Halloween because it's celebrated in a very interesting and unusual way. Halloween is observed every year on October 31st. I mostly like the way kids and adults dress up on Halloween. There are very creative and beautiful costumes. Some little girls dress up like princesses and little boys wear costumes such as Spiderman, Ironman, and Batman. Some adults wear scary costumes and they also wear scary makeup. Sometimes they look really scary. On Halloween, people also decorate their houses in different ways. Some houses look very haunted and scary with spiders on their webs, but some houses are decorated in a fancy style.
Mayraliz Serrano, Puerto Rico, ESOL Writing III
Christmas is my favorite American tradition because all my family can gather during this special time. Several days before, we decide in which house the party will be held. The gathering usually is in my home. We always have a party on Christmas Day. I like this season because it is cheerful, and the weather is cold. For this celebration, I decorate my house with lights, ornaments, and put up my Christmas tree. I prepare traditional food for my family and my friends that always visit me on this day.
Adela Amerzquita, Mexico, ESOL Writing III
Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. It is a special day because I can spend time with my family and friends. We usually have dinner at my parents’ house. All our relatives come from different places to celebrate as a family. Thanksgiving is a day when my family and I remember important memories, and we give thanks for the all blessings we have. We also give thanks for all of our good or bad experiences, new family members, goals, education, food, health, and work. Most of the time, we have turkey, rice or spaghetti, vegetables and fruit salad, and cake for dinner. Every year, we exchange gifts and play different games, including dominoes, monopoly, UNO, karaoke, checkers, and much more.
Cindy Teran, Quatamala, ESOL Writing III
Christmas is my favorite holiday. It’s my favorite because I get to spend time with my family and friends. Since I work in the retail industry, other holidays are very busy because many companies have incredible sales, but most companies are closed for Christmas, so I can enjoy the day with my family and friends. We usually get together at someone’s house, make different types of food like tamales, ponche, and fruit salad. We also talk about current events or remember funny things that have happened to us. I also like Christmas because I get lots of presents and I get to give presents too. I enjoy seeing their smiles when they receive my gifts.
4th of July
Danilo Rodriquez, El Salvador, ESOL Writing III
My favorite American tradition holiday is the 4th of July, because there are many activities and celebrations around the country. This year was my first time I had the privilege of celebrating the 4th of July in the United States. Many places, almost all places, like restaurants, clothing stores, amusement parks, and much more have offers and discounts. The fireworks are everywhere on this day. This year, I went to the beach with friends to spend the 4th of July and I really had a great time.
Fatima St. John, Honduras, ESOL Writing III
Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday tradition. I think that Thanksgiving is the best holiday in America, because all people can take this day off to give thanks to God for everything. On this day, we can spend time with our families. Also, we can travel to another country or city to visit our family and friends. My sister lives in El Paso, Texas, but on Thanksgiving she comes to Houston, with my nieces and my little nephew. They are very happy to visit me and my daughter. My sister loves cooking.