Maryan Ahmed, Published in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing; pg. 8, 2009.
Fall is a windy, rainy and sunny season. Birds fly south. The leaves fall on the ground. The leaves change their color. Days are short. Farmers harvest their seeds, such as wheat and corn, as well as apples and tomatoes. On Halloween night some people wear masks on their faces and scare other people. Some people make Jack-o-lanterns and put candles in them. Children go door to door and say, “Trick or treat.” Thanksgiving is a holiday to remember the family traditions
that are the most important. There is also a
feast that consists of different foods. There is no fall in my country. Somalia’s
climate is tropical. There are hot seasons and rainy ones, but it’s never cold. Our farmers harvest
bananas, mangoes, watermelon, corn, and beans. In our country some people start to go to school in fall. Others go to work and different business. We have a similar tradition like Thanksgiving. Our family gathers together for a feast.
; Does Maryan, the writer, like fall? What does she celebrate in the fall?
; What do you like to do in fall? Do you have any celebrations in the fall?
MCA, Published in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing; pg. 230, 2010.
I remember Christmas of 1997. My family and I were celebrating Christmas, and we all were in my house. I can still remember the laughing faces of all. Everyone was having dinner and dancing, but something was not right. Among all this happiness, I had a bad feeling, and I started to feel sad. I knew I had to enjoy these moments most, because we seldom had the chance to see all my family together, and it was true. At that time, my family started to disintegrate. Today, I can’t stop thinking about the day that we can gather and all look like that. Now almost all my
family members are still missing. I try for complete happiness now.
; Where do you think this person is from? Why?
; Do you have one holiday celebration that you remember?
A Traditional Wedding
Tao Vue, Published in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing; pg. 219, 2010.
In Thailand, Hmong people usually get married when they are young—for example, seventeen or
eighteen years old. They usually fall in love at that age. When they get married, they will have a big party for their wedding at the groom’s house and the bride’s house too. The groom and the bride will invite their relatives and friends to come join their party. At the party, they have many kinds of food and drinks. They have red curry, green curry, papaya, alcohol, beer, juice, and water, etc. The groom and the bride have to wear the Hmong traditional clothes during the party because that is their culture. Hmong people have always followed their tradition and culture and still do this today.
; Is a traditional wedding in Thailand a big celebration?
; In your country, at what age do most people get married? How does it happen?
Holiday of Moon Day
Anonymous, Published in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing; pg. 41, 2008.
Moon Day is an August holiday in Vietnam just for children. The moon on this day is very beautiful and different from other days. It’s round, big, and clear. Starting at 8 at night, children have cake and toys. They sit under the moonlight on a mat outside, play cards, beat drums and sing songs about the story of Moon Day. Children bring food they made, including a special “moon cake” mixed with beans, eggs and sugar, eaten with tea. Out of oranges we make flowers and elephants, snakes, dogs and cats.
; What do children do on Moon Day?
; In your country, is there a holiday for children? Do you have special holiday foods?
Coffee Ceremony in Ethiopia
Fasika, Minnetonk, Published in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing; pg. 225, 2010.
I would like to write about the Coffee Ceremony in my country. The Coffee Ceremony is one of the most recognizable parts of Ethiopian culture. Coffee is served when people come in your home on every holiday like New Year and when friends visit you. Coffee in Ethiopia is called Buna. The ceremony accompanies the serving of the coffee, which is sometimes served with Jebena, a clay coffee pot in which the coffee is boiled. I like coffee because coffee is originated from my country. I love the Coffee Ceremony too. Everybody gets together at Coffee Ceremony. I am very happy to be part of that culture.
; What does the Coffee Ceremony celebrate?
; What things does your culture celebrate?
The Best Day of my Life
Dede Amagli, Published in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing; pg. 219, 2010.
The best day of my life was my eighteenth birthday. My parents woke me early in the morning and gave me a lot of advice. They gave me a big party and I had the privilege to invite all my friends. My mother made me a big birthday cake and I was so happy. I’ll never forget that day,
because it was my first big day of my life.
; Why is this day so big for Dede, the writer?
; What birthday is the most special or biggest for you?
Ia Chang, Published in Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing; pg. 218, 2010.
When I was a child, we lived in my old country, Laos. We don’t have any holidays; we only have New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Day, everyone wants to have nice clothes and new shoes to wear. There are many kinds of food to eat for New Year’s Day. People spend eight to ten days preparing the food. On New Year’s Day, girlfriends and boyfriends talk to each other. The mothers and fathers help their son or daughter find a spouse. In my religion, the boyfriend’s mom and dad don’t like the girlfriend to be lazy. In the USA, the children have freedom to find a husband or wife for themselves.
; How are holidays different in Laos and in the U.S.A.?
; Is New Year’s Day a big celebration for you? What do you do for it?
by Logan Mansfield; http://www.helium.com/items/1680588-what-is-kwazaa. The beauty of a people Coming together in unity Proclaiming they aren't feeble But a culture with much bounty
A wonderful celebration Of lights and feasts
The pouring of libation And the people to meet
Its rejoicing in a culture That has much to be proud Its remembering the virtues And to make them abound
It's about family and friend Build community and trust Business's to keep and tend And allow nothing to rust
These things and more
Are all that are true
There will be no chores When Kwanzaa is through