By Lillie Hardy
December 11th, 2017
East Hamilton students have recently become consumed by a whirlwind of stress, anticipation, and relief as the semester finally comes to a close. While frantically studying and completing study guides, many seem to be apathetic and indifferent towards those around them. Overwhelmed with midterms, semester grades, etc., students fail to take the time to appreciate the diversity of the multitude of students around them, and how this diversity is prominent during the winter months.
At East Hamilton, we have students and teachers practicing multiple religions, all of whom celebrate the holidays in multiple ways.
When asked about favorite holiday traditions pertaining to their religion, many people were willing to answer and explain what took place during the holiday season at their homes.
Taylor Tompkins laughed, exclaiming, “This is kind of dorky, but every year, we go outside at my grandmother’s house, and we shoot mistletoe out of the tree. We have a contest on who can get the biggest piece.” A practicing Christian, she went into detail at how she prides herself in her present wrapping abilities, and how decorating the Christmas tree is another holiday ritual that she thoroughly enjoys.
A geometry teacher at East Hamilton, Mrs. Patel practices Hinduism, and was eager to divulge her favorite holiday tradition: Makar Sankranti. “On January 14th, every year, people fly kites. They aren’t like normal kites- they’re square shaped. It takes place in multiple settings, and thousands participate.”
Judaism is also heavily practiced at EH. Rebecca Dzik elaborated on her favorite tradition, “I like the last night of Hanukkah, where all the candles [on the Menorah] are lit and it looks really pretty. I also like playing dreidel with my little cousins. I get chocolate coins after I play.”
At East Hamilton, we have a variety of people practicing a variety of religions every single day- more than what was featured in this article. As a community, we can all come to respect and admire those who practice traditions that differ from our own. It is important to gain different perspectives not only on the world, but also the community that we live in now. Let us all come together to celebrate this holiday season, and rejoice that the semester has finally ended! Happy Holidays to all!
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