Holiday Recipes, Celebrations and Traditions
Holidays and celebrations give us a time for coming together as a community, remembering loved ones passed or giving thanks to our God.
Food is almost always part of any holiday celebration. Good food at its best is a shared experience, and holiday food traditions are a social glue that binds cultures together.
Holidays Recipes Around the World
Gung Hay Fat Choy!! So goes the traditional Chinese New Year greeting, wishing peace and prosperity. Also called the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year.
Favorite Christmas traditions include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, singing carols, drinking eggnog and baking all manner of sweets and treats.
El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebration that may be Christian on the surface, but whose origins lie in ancient Zapotec and Maya rituals of ancestor worship.
Diwali, or Deepavali, is the Indian Festival of Lights. The holiday generally falls in October or November and celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness.
The spring holiday of Easter is the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the day Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion, symbolizing the spiritual resurrection of all Christians.
The spooky rituals of Halloween have their origins in the ancient Celtic harvest festivals of northwestern Europe.
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in 165 BCE after its desecration by Antiochus IV.
The period from December 26 through January 1 marks Kwanzaa, a week-long holiday celebrating the ancestral roots of African-Americans.
Labor Day is an American holiday that traditionally marks the last weekend of the summer. Picnic and barbecue dishes are great for Labor Day.
"Laissez les bon temps rouler!" Gras parades and masked balls have grown into a world famous festival with revelry, debauchery and fine food.
The ancient Persian spring festival of Nowruz, Persian for "new day," is considered the beginning of the New Year not only in Iran, but throughout Central Asia.
At Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest, huge tents with picnic tables are set up in Munich every year, and locals and visitors throw back enormous quantities of beer and sausages.
The Jewish holiday perhaps most associated with food is Passover, or Pesach. This weeklong spring holiday celebrates freedom from slavery under Pharaoh and the Exodus out of Egypt.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar and is a time of prayer, reflection, fasting (sawm) and self-sacrifice.
Rosh Hashanah, Hebrew for "head of the year," is the Jewish New Year and the first day of the High Holy Days.
St. Patrick's Day is an Irish national holiday celebrating Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Legend holds that Patrick converted the pagan Irish to Christianity in the 5th century.
Since 1967, the Super Bowl has been the Big Kahuna of all American sports events. The final championship game of the American football season is a time of mega hype, mega commercials and mega eating.
The American celebration of Thanksgiving stretches back almost 400 years to the year 1621, when English settlers at Plymouth Rock gave thanks for their first harvest.
St. Valentine's Day is a time for velvet hearts, chocolate sweets, romantic dinners, lovers and lace.