The Holiday Season 2010

By UrbanAnthropod, December 20, 2010 10:40 am

The holiday season is a fun time in New York. It’s one of those times when you walk around and it’s extra crowded from all the tourists and shoppers, but it’s OK. They get in your way! But i’s still fun. There’s a cheery mood and everything gets festive. I personally refer to the secularized religious holiday as Commercial Winter Holiday, but I still think it can be fun… especially for the young ones.

One event I attended during the season was about Kwanzaa. It took place earlier in the month at the Dana Discovery Center at the north end of the Harlem Meer in Central Park. I learned more about the customs and origins of the holiday and the principles. While there is a gift exchange aspect to the holiday, it’s not overly commercialized by nature. Small, handmade items were specified. Whether this holds true in practice remains mysterious to me. At the end of the talk and demonstration, there was a dance exhibition. Below is the video.

Not being of African descent, many sneered at my intentions on attending the Kwanzaa session at the park. I have often come across people saying in disdain “It’s a made up holiday.” I usually reply with the standard “All holidays are made up.” Understanding the principles and founding of Kwanzaa definitely made me appreciate it much more. I really wish other people would have an open mind to explore such cultural exercises. It’s one of the reasons why I like traveling abroad.

With that said, I’ll leave some other pictures of the city from this holiday season.

The holidays at Lincoln Center

Big Balls!

Vanderbilt Hall Christmas Market

Grand Central Terminal

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