Customs and Traditions

Customs and Traditions

Customs and Traditions Culture Culture Can be often referred to as the Blueprint for living. Why? It includes everything that contributes to a societys look and feel from people within the society to people on the outside looking in. Remember some of the key aspects of culture are: Language Food

Creative expression (music, movies, literature, art, etc) Lets add another element to our study of culture: Customs and Traditions Customs and Traditions Customs Refers to things that people do, such as how they dress, the foods they eat, and the holidays they celebrate. Traditions

Are the learned behaviors that people participate in to mark the milestones, or turning points, in their lives Examples Birth Death Coming of Age Marriage Parenthood

Folk Costume Folk Costume: A traditional dress that expresses ones regional or cultural identity. Usually associated with a specific geographic area or point in history Can indicate: Religious background Marital Status

Social Class Scotland Kilts are plaid skirts that are traditionally worn in Scotland! The plaid pattern on a kilt belongs to specific family trees, or clans, in Scotland. Essentially, wearing a specific plaid patterns means you are identifying yourself as a member of that family. In the past, kilts used to be worn

everyday, but in modern times, men have worn them specifically for formal occasions or when they participate in the Highland Games, an annual festival held in Scottish communities around the world. Japan Kimonos are formal silk robes worn by both men and women in Japan. Women's kimonos have many wrapped layers that are decorated and painted (often by hand); these layers will often mix and match in color.

Men's kimonos are simpler in design, and are almost always in dark colors. Historically, men's kimonos were also layered with armor for the samurai to store their various weapons during battle. In modern Japan, most kimonos are worn by geisha (female entertainers and dancers) South Africa Married women of the Ndebele tribe wear neck rings as a symbol of their husband's wealth and social class.

These rings, called dzilla, are made of copper, brass, or gold. They are presented as gifts to the wives from their husbands, so only married women are allowed to wear them. The more rings a woman has around her neck, the more wealth her husband is said to have. Cuisine (Food) Cuisine is a term that refers to the way a food is cooked and is associated with a specific culture or geographic area. Factors that affect a cuisine include:

religious food laws, ingredients that are locally available or available through trade, preparation techniques that are handed down through tradition. Spain Paella (pie-AY-ah), originated in Valencia, an eastern province on the Mediterranean Sea. Though there are numerous variations, paella is usually made of a variety of shellfish (such as shrimp, clams, crab,

and lobster), chorizo (sausage), vegetables (tomatoes, peas, and asparagus), and long-grained amarillo (yellow) rice. Rice is grown in Valencia's tidal flatlands. Thailand Pad Thai, Thailand's most famous dish, is made of rice noodles (a native product of SE Asian countries) that are stir fried with ingredients like tofu, peanuts, shrimp, green onions, bean sprouts, garlic, pepper, fish sauce and lime juice. A scrambled egg mixed into the noodles seals the dish together. Pad Thai is widely available, but is famously made by street vendors in Bangkok.

United States In the Southern United States, collard greens are a staple crop, which means that they grow in abundance and are relatively affordable. Collard greens are cooked in a broth seasoned with marrow from a bone. Traditionally, they are eaten on New Year's Eve in the South to ensure good luck in the coming year Holidays A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities,

especially business or work, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. The concept of many holidays often originated in connection with religious observances. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious

institutions, or other groups or organizations. Easter (Christianity) In Christianity, Easter is a holiday celebrating the Resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, on the third day after his crucifixion. The Easter holiday, for some Christians, follows a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penitence called Lent. Many Christians commemorate

the holiday by hunting Easter eggs Other symbols associated with the holiday include the Easter lily and the Easter Bunny. Passover (Judaism) Jewish people celebrate Passover to commemorate their freedom from slavery and delivery out of Egypt. The book of Exodus in the Torah and in the Christian Old Testament details their experiences before Moses led them out of Egypt.

This holiday lasts an entire week from sundown on Sunday to midnight on the following Monday (In 2017, this will be from April 10th to April 17th). During the week of Passover, most Jews refrain from going to work in order to participate in prayer services and special holiday meals. Ramadan (Islam) In Islam, the first revelation of the Qu'ran that Mohammed experienced is commemorated by

the month-long holiday of Ramadan. During these 30 days, all adult Muslims must participate in fasting from dawn to sunset and abstaining from bad behaviors in order to cleanse their soul and teach them to be more disciplined and have more self-control. Muslims are also encouraged to perform more acts of generosity and charity during this time. Other traditions from around the world

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