Traditions can be events that people celebrate such as Guy Fawkes Knight, Fourth of July, Day of the Dead and so on. However, traditions can also just involve you to celebrate something that is more personal to you or that are linked to already existing traditions.
Traditions Around the World
Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November the 1st – 2nd where they celebrate death with colour, noise and lots of fun. As well as radiance, music and food over a two day period. It is thought that the passageway between the real world and the spirit world is unclosed so the dead can come back to visit.
Find out more here – https://dayofthedead.holiday/history/
Bali’s Day of Silence (Nyepi) symbolises the first day of the Saka New Year. Usually, it’s celebrated around March and April. The day of silence is honoured by limiting leisure and non-religious activities.
Here are the four ways that people can celebrate Nyepi.
- Amati Geni (Not using fire or light)
- Amati (Not Working)
- Amati Lelungan (Not going outside)
- Amati Lelanguan (Avoiding Entertainment)
Find out more here – http://ubudhood.com/nyepi/
Having Your Own Traditions
Your own traditions can be anything from family reunions, game nights or creating memorials and there is nothing stopping you from starting new traditions now. Traditions can allow you to be happy, even if they are something such as a memorial. They allow you to remember the good times and the bad times.
Traditions and Grief
Greif is something that everyone can go through and making traditions may help you with grief. Making traditions for grief doesn’t always have to involve losing a loved one. It can be for the time that has passed, a stage in your life that you have moved on from, or anything else that has great importance to you.
Overall, traditions can allow you to reflect on the time between each time you do each tradition. They allow you to reflect how far you have come and can help you to take things at your own speed.