What does the word “holidays” mean to you? To most people the word means shopping for multiple presents, drunken family members, and a jolly fat man with a beard coming down the chimney. However, no matter where you come from, rather your Black, White, Hispanic, Asian or Brown, the word holidays means one thing to everyone, gathering with family and having a nice home cooked or store bought meal.
The holidays are time to spend with the ones you love, and those who you are forced to put up with. And what better way to spend that time than stuffing your face with delicious food. However there is no traditional holiday food. Each culture has their own way of celebrating the holidays.
For example, in a Colombian family, Juan Carpio says, ” We usually eat grilled chicken or grilled pork, with rice, beans, and plantains both sweet and fried. Then for desert we eat rather flan or a typical Spanish desert called, pastel de tres leches(which translates to cake of three milks)”. Carpio also says, ” I like how during the holiday meals everyone is peaceful and quiet.” .
Another example, in a Chinese family, Johnny Chen says, ” During the holidays we typically eat white or fried rice, steamed vegetables, a mixture of chicken and duck, egg rolls, dumplings, and pork.”. Johnny Chen also explains that during the holidays he and his family eat a traditional Chinese desert called moon cakes. However, Johnny Chen says, ” the holidays are not about just the food, it’s about spending quality time with the ones you love, especially those who you don’t get to see that often”. In a typical Filipino household, Venise Fay says, ” We basically eat noodles, different styles of beef , different types of vegetables, and different types of soup”. However, Venise Fay later said, ” Honestly I really don’t care about the food, to me it’s all about spending time with family that I don’t get to see everyday.
It doesn’t matter what your background is, the holidays are the same for everyone, they’re an opportunity to reconnect with your family over a nice meal. That the true meaning of the holidays.