Lately I’ve been thinking about the relationship between stories and holidays. Every holiday has a story that it is celebrating. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the incredible story of St. Patrick’s many adventures. Thanksgiving celebrates the story of the Pilgrims coming to America. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ and new life.
One of my favorite things about learning about new cultures is learning about the holidays they celebrate. The holidays that a society celebrates indicate the stories that they find most important. The way that they go about celebrating that holiday is also based on what that society finds most meaningful and valuable.
This week is Navruz. The Central Asian New Year’s festival. It is full of feasting, games, dancing, and community. It celebrates new life, the end of winter, and the beginning of planting season. It is full of hope and and new things and looking forward while still valuing the ancient and time-honored customs of an old culture. In a part of the world where surviving is difficult and your family depends on a good planting season, it is amazing to see life celebrated so well.