Tag: Traditions

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I love those shows that reveal a famous person’s genetic past. It’s fascinating to find such a mixed bag of not only ethnicity, but history. One comedy actress was directly linked to the Salem Witch Trials, and an actor (hint: who did not marry Jennifer Lopez) was mortified to find his family owned slaves. One […]

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I’m always amazed at the different ways people decorate their Christmas trees. Each family has their unique traditions and their preferred styles. Some take on an air of professional interior décor, like something out of a magazine, while others are quite crafty and quaint, and still others are downright eclectic. But altogether, it reflects their […]

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We’re coming to the end of my favorite week of the year. The week before Thanksgiving is full of promise. The crust on the pumpkin pie is not yet burnt; the silver platter might still get a polish; and the weather may actually cooperate with everyone’s Christmas plans. No one is yelling: “What happened to […]

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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.

ACF Middlebrow#5 The Great American Christmas

 

It’s almost Christmas and here at the American Cinema Foundation, we have a surprise-podcast, part of the series on middlebrow. We’re talking about how American Christmas came to be. My friend — and fellow Ricochet member — Eric Cook has the story for you, I’m just along for the ride. He goes from the Dutch in New Amsterdam to the family bounty Christmas of the ’50s, from New England to Pennsylvania and to the South, and back to Europe, ancient, medieval, and modern to pick up all the strands needed to weave together to make for a Merry Christmas. Listen, comment, and please share!

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The path of a religious person is not easy. It isn’t intended to be difficult (I believe), but at times we may perceive it that way: rules, dogma, rituals, traditions are legion. Some of us “pick and choose” what we practice, and our religion may allow for that. For others, the demands may seem antiquated, […]

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Lent started yesterday and I let it pass, busy and rushing at work. My sister and I aren’t Catholic, but we grew up with Catholic traditions. I read an email from a local church and the other from a website EWTN. Both talked about Lent for our day and time. I still let it pass, […]

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A fellow parishioner used to work at the FBI as an investigator of counterfeit money. In training, he said, they focused exclusively on the features of real American currency. They did not study examples of counterfeit dollars.  It’s the sort of thing that’s surprising and yet makes good sense. If the agents had extensively studied […]

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