Browsing articles in "Culture & Traditions"
Feb
9
2014

WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT OUR FAMILIES ARE!

I have vivid memories growing up in family.  Family is a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings.  You and I know the joys and sorrows that family brings.  We have all experienced the ups and downs of living together in family. May the loving Heart of Christ be the Heart of our family.  May He bless us with His peace and love, today and always! […]

Jan
24
2014

FILIPINO-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, HAVELOCK-CHERRY POINT, NORTH CAROLINA 31ST INDUCTION BALL

The Filipino-American Association in Havelock and Cherry Point North Carolina held its 31st Induction Ball last Saturday Sept. 15th. Here’s part of the celebration:

Dec
16
2011

THE FASCINATING LEGACY OF TREES

The theory that man’s ancestral origins are in the forest is strongly supported by the abundance of myths dealing with trees.  Primitive man invested trees with a demonic life.  To him the world was populated with a fearful host of spirits and ogres, witches and gnomes, fairies, elves, and trolls.  Pixies and leprechauns mischievously hid behind trees, dryads danced among diaphanous dawn mists, and satyrs and fauns played their cruel jokes on the unwary traveler […]

Aug
18
2011

AMERICAN INDIAN HOOP DANCE

Contact between Native Americans and Europeans created enormous upheaval in the Indian way of life.  Many tribes were dispersed to new homelands or reservations as a result of wars, treaties, or various economic and political factors.  The dislocation caused great harm to their native culture, especially their music and dance. While some dances were lost over the years, others survived and were revitalized into exciting new forms.  There has been a recent resurgence in their […]

Aug
18
2011

1995 YEAR OF THE BOAR, CHINESE CALENDAR

The Chinese calendar is based on the moon and is divided into 12-year cycles.  Each year of the cycle is named for a different animal-1995, for example, corresponds to the Year of the Boar. In all Chinese communities outside the People’s Republic of China, the New Year is the most festive and eagerly awaited annual holiday.  It lasts for several weeks, starting with the preparation period known as “Little New Year.”  Tsao-Chun, the god of […]

Feb
8
2011

Dragon Dance

My brother-in-law took pictures of their neighbor’s Dragon Dance team on its way to celebrate the Filipino-Chinese New Year. The Dragon Dance originated during the Han Dynasty and was started by the Chinese who had shown great belief and respect towards the dragon. It is believed to have begun as part of the farming and harvest culture, also with origins as a method of healing and preventing sickness. A team of people carry the dragon(image) […]