051: Holiday Celebrations from Around the World with Intercultural Families
Friends from all over the World! Which holiday are you celebrating? Christmas? Diwali? Eid? Hanukkah? Chinese New Year? Kwanzaa? … Or I should say HOLIDAYS! Because multicultural people don’t just celebrate one holiday, right?
No matter which holiday you celebrate, in the end it’s about spending time with family. And eating good food!
I invited 7 amazing guests from different cultures to talk about holiday celebrations from all over the World:
First you will hear from Mary, who is Canadian Chinese talking about her experience living in a country that mainly celebrates Christmas. As somebody who grew up in a Chinese culture celebrating Chinese New Years Eve, instead of Christmas, she feels pretty confident to teach her daughter that just because everybody else is does something, doesn’t mean that you have to follow!
Connect with Mary:
Podcast: The Homestay Kitchen
Podcast Instagram: @homestaykitchen
My second guest (or guests I should say) are Charis and Mahesh, an Indian-American couple, talking about their Christmas and Diwali celebration.
Connect with Charis and Mahesh:
YouTube channel: I Am Naidu
YouTube video about Diwali: What is Diwali
After them I have Lolitta who is originally from Uzbekistan. She spent 4 years in Israel before moving to the States, so I invited her to talk about the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. She is also sharing a little bit about the New Year celebration in Russia.
Connect with Lolitta:
After Lolitta you can listen Petronella’s story about her journey from Uganda to the United States, and how the constant moving shaped the way her family celebrated Christmas.
Connect with Petronella:
Podcast: I Am Multicultural Podcast
Podcast Instagram: @iammulticultural
My next guest is going to be Nivi, who was born in South India, but moved to America when she was only a year old. Nivi is going to tell us about the holidays she grew up celebrating and how they transformed over the years.
Connect with Nivi:
Podcast: Get Schooled
Then you will hear from Aneesa (also known as ‘expat panda’) who is from South Africa currently living in the Middle East. I invited her to talk about Eid and her journey celebrating different holidays with her Christian partner.
Connect with Aneesa:
My last, but not least guest is going to be Diana from Romania. She is one of my friends here in Arizona. Diana will be sharing her orthodox Christmas traditions and how she adopted some of the American holidays.
Connect with Diana:
Last year I shared our Hungarian-American Christmas traditions, feel free to check it out if you are interested. (Episode 9.)