Tag: Celebrations

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There seem to be various factors in considering a celebration.  One is to celebrate the beginning or outset of an event or era, e.g., a birth, a wedding, or the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Another factor to consider in a celebration is the end, or culmination of an event or era, e.g., the […]

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Sadly, promotion of Juneteenth from rhetorical and symbolic recognition to federal workforce paid holiday prompted the usual response of most people going to their corners, blue or red. Part of the reaction from the right was to suggest that Juneteenth was meaningless, and that if any day was to be advanced (really no day was […]

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The Milky Ocean, Tug-of-War, and a Few Games

 

This year, on Saturday, April 14, at 9:12 AM, the angel Mahodara Devi descended to middle earth on a peacock holding a trident in one hand and an auspicious serrated wheel in the other. The angel delivered the blessings from Lord Brahma to the Khmer people. It’s the start of the Khmer New Year.

The New Year lasts three days. Families from all over the country are gathering to welcome Mahodara Devi with a white tablecloth, two bottles of perfume, five candles, five incense sticks, 11 types of fruit, and two glasses of clean water. But they’re also gathering to enjoy food and drinks, singing and dancing, and paying a visit to the monasteries. They play traditional games and strangers are welcomed to join in.

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In 1939, a group of Munchkins in the make-believe Land of Oz rejoiced at the death of the evil witch that had kept them enslaved. As they danced throughout their town and across the movie screen, they warbled these iconic lines:  Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch! Ding Dong! […]

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