Holding Traditions

Students talk about celebrating the holidays while living on campus

by Sydney White | Reporter

During the holidays, some students get to go home to their families while there are those who are far away from home and have to spend their holidays alone. No matter how far from home, these students can still find a way to get into the holiday spirit on campus despite being homesick and missing out on their culture’s respective celebrations.

Precious Opara, a freshman at Butler, came all the way from Nigeria and with the holiday season right around the corner, she is missing her family.

Back in Nigeria, the holidays would consist of Opara cooking with her family. Their favorite foods to make include jollof rice and plantain, Egusi soup, Ogbono soup, vegetable soup with fufu, Porridge yam, beans with plantain, Owerri soup, and Garri.

On Christmas Day, Opara and her family would go to church. The next day, the Nigerian King, HRH Eze Augustine Uwadiegwu Ekechi comes and a celebration ensues featuring dance, fireworks, food, ice-cream trucks, masquerade shows, and photo booths. Afterwards, Opara and her family would go to her uncle’s house and watch movies.

Despite really liking it here at Butler, Opara says it is not the same as being home.

“I have been away from my family for four years and it has been pretty hard because when I was in Nigeria, I was always with them,” says Opara. “I’m not a big ‘holiday person’ so I do not do anything during holidays.”

All students feel a certain way about not being at home during the holidays.

Freshman Kassidy Rice decorates her dorm room with her roommates as a way to make it feel a little bit more like home. For Halloween, Rice and her roommates painted pumpkins.

Bethany Khanu, sophomore, gets to go home to her family during the holidays. Khanu says that on Thanksgiving, she and her family sit around and talk while eating a wide variety of foods that they had cooked together.

Thanksgiving is not Khanu’s favorite day of festivity though.

“Christmas is my favorite holiday…it is the season of giving and a great time to be with family,” Khanu says.

Students are not the only people who celebrate holidays at home.

“During thanksgiving, my family and I celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving. We have turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing,” says Kamielle Freeman, a math instructor here at Butler.

Some people, like freshman Hayly Moore, don’t do anything special on holidays like New Year’s.

“We cook a meal at my aunt’s house and socialize and the kids play outside,” Moore says.

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, holiday traditions are different across the board. Whatever holiday you celebrate should be nothing but fun for you and your whole family.

Whether you live in El Dorado, Kansas or Nigeria, have a president or a king, the way holidays are celebrated are all different.

Living at home makes it easy to keep traditions strong, while living away from home makes traditions harder to follow. With the help of roommates and a great community surrounding students, there are ways to make it “home” here at Butler Community College, where students continue to celebrate the different festivities year-round.

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