250.  Is it OK to celebrate the students’ countries’ holidays at school?


OF COURSE!!!!!   YES!!!!!!    

Teachers can promote cultural understanding for ALL students by celebrating any and ALL countries’ holidays at school!!!!!!What a magnificent idea!!!! 

These school celebrations could help ALL students develop:

geographical concepts –where in the world are these celebrated countries?

historical concepts –how each of these countries achieved independence or

whatever historical event is celebrated on this particular holiday?

literary concepts –what books, writers, poets, play writers are significant in these

celebrated countries and why?

multicultural concepts –how is the holiday celebrated?  What dances, music,

national anthem, songs, displays are used to celebrate the holiday?  Are

special attires needed or required for the celebration? 

social concepts –who celebrates what, how, why, in what type of ceremony? Are

families involved?  Is the government involved?  Is the celebration

mandatory or are members of the society free to express their own ways of celebrating?  What foods are eaten for the occasion?

religious concepts –is this a religious celebration?  If so, how, which religion?

YES!!!!    I remember when my own children, at their public school, celebrated many multicultural holidays, including a Spring Festival that celebrated the dances of many countries around the world.  



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