[Features] Holidays for the Heart: U of S students share their holiday traditions

As definitive exams draw strikingly near, anxiety at the University of Saskatchewan grows, and to this time students can take heart in the thing done that the holidays are just encompassing the corner. While December may loom comprehensive in everyone’s minds, important holidays take station year round. The university is home to a vibrant and diverse group of students, harvested land with their own important traditions.


Jebunnessa Chapola:

College of Arts and Science, third part-year women’s, gender and sexualities PhD program

“I’m going to dialogue about Feb. 21, which has been declared since an international mother language day through UNESCO in 1999 … It’s a self-same important day for [Bengali people] for in 1952, Feb. 21, Bengali commonalty fought to achieve the rights of their generatrix tongue … So our students from University of Dhaka … led that motion, that was the language movement they created … In 1971, put ~ the basis of that movement in 1952, we had our discharge war and we fought again to subsist independent from the oppression of Pakistan … So this Feb. 21 is a very very important holiday in Bangladesh, except it’s not a happy reverent performance. It’s a mourning day. It’s a to a high degree sad day. We use black colour of official star on everybody’s shoulder, the route you use here the poppy in your Remembrance Day.

“From that speech movement, I have learned how to contend for all the endangered languages and pagan languages of this world … I obtain stolen that spirit from that emotion that still I am carrying to go to war let slip the dogs of war for my rights today.”

Navi Sohi:

College of Engineering, third-year mechanical engineeringnavi-sohi-img_1293

“Every December, our line of ancestors gets together. I’m from a Sikh family, so we have our own science of duty and our own holidays and trash. But since we have moved to Canada and everything, we’ve acquired the Western improvement as well. So we do celebrate Christmas, not to the extent of in what manner other people do, but we end it our way. We always desire family gatherings and then the biggest substance is, every New Year’s Eve, we gain together at my grandparents’ house, and so that’s where all the cousins, aunties, uncles, nieces and nephews — they every part of get together and we celebrate New Years like that.”

Yi Han Tung Eve:

College of Agriculture and Bioresources, third-year food and bioproduct sciencesyi-han-tung-eve-img_1337

“We be under the necessity one festival from the east share of Malaysia and it’s called Gawai. It’s a harvesting feast to celebrate the day they ~ing. They thank God for giving them the crops and completely those things on that day. And in what state they celebrate it is, the [Dayak people], they live in a longhouse — it’s a house that can fit about 100 families. So they total gather together and they will be around in the house in begin space and then they have pabulum. They also have rice wine called tuak … I plot the organizers will go one by one and ask you to drink the rice wine. The laughable thing is that you have to … polish it in one off. And at times, they’ll just keep asking you to drink in this way you just keep going on.”


Ewurabena Sackey-Forson:

College of Arts and Science, fourth-year science of organized beings and pharmacologyewurabena-sackey-forson-img_1332

“There are various religions in Africa, so not everyone celebrates in the same way. In Ghana, we really point of concentration on New Years. So, for me, each New Year, we get together … everyone
brings their acknowledge dishes and we pray in the New Year … thanking God because what happened last year and asking instead of blessings and things like that in opposition to the upcoming year … The point of concentration is on family, on food, without ceasing just getting together and … we don’t ~ on home until super late … New Year’s Eve is the biggest occurrence. We don’t even say Merry Christmas. In my speech — I’m Ghanaian — we suppose ‘afe hyia pa,’ the year has met us well, [answered by] ‘afe nko mbɔ tu female bird,’ the year should go and reach back to meet us.”


Aldous Nuelle Laparan:

future nursing student, first-yearaldous-nuelle-laparan-img_1341

“For Filipinos, Christmas is somebody that you can’t really miss in my home because it’s too important that admitting that you miss it, then you’re going to lament it for the rest of your year … Everyone in our neighbourhood or everyone in my kindred has gift-changing or if you require a godmother or a godfather, sooner or later you have to go to them and express thank you and then they power of choosing give gifts to you … Speaking near to the food, the tables will have existence all filled and it’s not going to exist empty the whole time. And especially at Dec. 24 … everyone is noiseless awake until 12 in the aurora. We call it Noche Buena … After corroding with the family, the leftover forage should be shared with the neighbours [and] we stay on the surface the house on the streets partying or lighting up fireworks.”


Mhmoud Essalah:

College of Medicine, primary-yearmhmoud-essalah-img_1261

“Eid ul-Azha is affectionate of the celebration of sacrifice. It’s unit of the two holidays we receive, the other being Eid ul-Fitr, what one. marks the end of Ramadan. But this one, [what] I particularly like is that, typically, whether you’re able to afford it … you have power to go and you sacrifice an denizen of the deep, like a sheep or something like that. And the diet that you get from that has to subsist shared amongst your family, amongst your neighbours and a third part of it goes to the poverty-stricken. And so that’s something I actually like, particularly right now [when] we town ~ a lot about income inequality. In Islam, it’s allowing that you have, you give.”


Samara Sawchuk:

College of Arts and Science, fourth-year psychologysamara-sawchuk-img_1231

“One action I think that is important to Ukrainians at Christmas time, whether that exist Dec. 25 or Jan. 7, is carolling. It can happen within a family or form into ~s of people, even our student form into ~s does it, and it’s a device to spread the word of Christmas and it’s a interval to welcome everybody in the common, make sure everybody feels like it’s Christmas. It’s a wont to reconnect with people you haven’t seen. It’s a remarkably social event where, of course, songs are sung and a catalogue of them do have religious imagery, but afterwards, everybody comes together in the home and they taste together and drink together, and it’s a boastful celebration together with everybody.”



Dene Cree Robillard:

College of Education, third-year Indian Teacher Education Program 

“Within the latest few years on my dad’s lateral, out on our acreage we take a nice fire, like a lofty bonfire actually, on Christmas Eve. And in this way we have a big bonfire and at midnight we be unclosed all of our presents … That wasn’t a constant thing growing up, but in the hold out few years [we’ve been] orifice all the presents right at midnight put ~ Christmas Eve and the bonfire at the same time that well. I have to say that is, upright because it’s so new, it’s in likelihood my most favourite right now, for a like rea~n we’re keeping it going. We require a meal right at midnight in the same proportion that well, just more so appetizers not a undivided dinner or anything.”


may-jiao-img_1265May Jiao:

Edwards School of Business, maintainer-year marketing

“I think Chinese New Year’s Day is excessively important for Chinese people … What mob do for Chinese New Year Day, accurate two classical things: eat and drink. All race will get together and go to restaurants or haply eat at home … Children force of ~ hang out, play around, and for the period of the night, adults won’t drowse. They don’t sleep because it’s sort of traditional, so they just be in need of to pass this old year to a recently made known year. So adults play Mahjong — it’s a Chinese traditionary thing — during the night. And the kids be bound to wake up the next day exceedingly early because parents think if kids attend in the night up in the morning, early, they won’t have existence lazy in the whole year.”


anika-mysha-img_1234Anika Mysha:

Edwards School of Business, fourth-year human resort management

“Muslim people … we praise two Eids a year, so that is philanthropic of, I would say, our Christmas. So two Eids, one is Eid ul-Fitr what one. marks the celebration at the close of the fasting month of Ramadan … The maintainer Eid is Eid ul-Azha, so that’s a festival of devotion with loss. My favourite would be Eid-ul-Fitr … ut~ people [fast] and then it’s a rough time, and here in Canada it’s harder for the cause that the day is so long. It’s like 16 hours or 18 hours. After that big month while we all come together, we require good food and then we rollicking time to our friends and family’s procure a ~. It’s a happy day. Everyone’s felicitous.”


All photos ~ dint of.: Jeremy Britz / Photo Editor

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