BY JAMES PERKINS DEC. 12, 2014
Spanish Club held a Winter Holiday Celebration on Dec. 10 to inform students about how people from other cultures celebrate during the holiday season. Spanish Club invited students from diverse backgrounds to come and share how the traditional winter holidays are celebrated in their native land.
“The student population at Rose is so diverse that if you celebrate Christmas or not, it is centered around family and friends and gathering,” Spanish teacher Mary Wells said.
Spanish teacher Luisa Haynes came up with this idea because she has done this before. Haynes has not been able to give students this opportunity in a few years, but was happy to reintroduce the celebration. She hopes that the students who attended the holiday celebration learned about the different celebrations and cultures represented at Rose.
“We [sang] some Christmas carols and [ate] some Christmas cookies while we [learned] about how other people celebrate the holiday seasons.” said Wells. “We [learned] how [the celebrations are] different than how we do it here.”
The Winter Holiday Celebration took place during Smart Block A and B in the Lecture Hall for all students.
“I [had hoped] to learn more about the culture and be able to visit that place and really be able to celebrate Christmas,” freshman Hannah Porter said. “I [wanted] to have a good time with my friends that [went] and [we listened] to others talk about how they celebrate.”
The people that spoke at the Winter Holiday Event are from different parts of the United States, while some are from different countries. There were four speakers at the event that talked about their way of celebrating the winter holidays.
“My hopes for this event [were] for students at Rose to experience differents cultures not just the Spanish culture but other cultures that are at Rose,” Spanish teacher Ashley Smith said. “We [wanted] it to be fun while also being[informational] about the different cultures and how they celebrate the holiday seasons.”
Sophomore Shirley Chen spoke at the event informed others about her culture and the way they celebrate during the holiday season.
“Our winter holiday is called Chinese New Year which is kind of like Christmas but we do paper cutting to celebrate and wearing red clothes,” Chen said. “We eat different foods for our feast like dumplings, noodles, and special New Years candies.”
Students were informed about the different cultures represented here at Rose as well as being immersed in the culture by trying various foods from the different cultures. The Spanish Club hopes to make the Winter Holiday Celebration an annual event.