Reported by Alyssa Burbank
Although there are numerous holidays celebrated throughout the year, there are also a portion of holidays that are not as well known as Christmas or Mother’s Day. Some of these holidays are celebrated by other religious groups, different communities, or even separate individuals.
Some of these obsolete holidays are celebrated by students and other members of the community. A small number of these celebrated holidays are Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Super Tuesday and Super Sunday, and Patriot Day. These holidays are celebrated nationally as well as worldwide, in some circumstances.
Grade student Megan Rathbun is a member of the Jewish community. Rathbun moved here from Utah, which is a different community from here in New York.
“I celebrate Hanukkah, because I’m Jewish, Yom Kippur, Purim, all those fun things. I do celebrate Christmas but not as much as Hanukkah. [I celebrate] Halloween, Fourth of July, Labor Day, but not as a typical person would. Usually there’s lots of dancing and lots of singing. There’s no trees, no bells, no songs that everybody knows.”
Senior Samantha Sherry celebrates traditional American holidays like Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and all the other “traditional” American holidays, “Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Halloween, just the basic holidays. I don’t celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza or any other different holidays, I celebrate Christmas.”
While there are many holidays that are commonly known, there are a vast majority of holidays that aren’t known at all. A few uncommonly known holidays, by the majority, in the United States are Lailatul Qadr, Lantern Festival, Navaratri/Dussehra, and Ram Navami. These holidays are other religious holidays that, while the typical American doesn’t celebrate them, they are still major holidays celebrated by those of their religion and province.