Holiday Celebrations at TNDC
December provides many opportunities for multicultural events and celebrations for residents. At TNDC, we aspire to create a culture of inclusion and plurality where all cultures and holidays are a reason to learn and celebrate each other throughout the year.
This spirit of open-mindedness helps to break down isolation and builds genuine community and understanding among TNDC neighbors. “Each holiday has a different meaning to different individuals,” notes Shatae Jones, a social worker and site coordinator at TNDC’s Curran House residence on Taylor Street.
A joint celebration of Black History Month with the Chinese New Year may center around a particular theme like a Funk Fest featuring music from the 70’s and 80’s and collaborating on a culturally inclusive menu. Many residents create and gift money pockets with memos inside wishing happiness and blessings to the receivers. Residents roll up their sleeves to prepare scrumptious mooncakes to ring in the Lunar New Year. Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha may conventionally represent prayer and fasting, but many residents reinvent traditional recipes and engage in creative endeavors like making their own prayer rugs. Hands freshly painted with henna honor Diwali, the spirit and celebration of a new beginning, while Cinco de Mayo celebrations may offer variations on the classic Mexican tostada! For Paról, the Filipino Lantern Celebration, many residents get together in the first week of December to craft beautiful lanterns.
Together, a fusion of music, arts, crafts, and food gives way to activities that resonate with the emotion connected to the event. Each holiday celebration underscores the sentiment of bringing people together, learning from one another, and capturing the richness of who we are, both as individuals, and as a community, not only in December, but all year long!