Holidays Around The World at the Frazier Museum
What does Christmas look like in another country? What kind of ornaments are placed on the tree? Is it an angel at the very top, or maybe something we’ve never even heard of in America? And it’s interesting to imagine what the end of the year looks like in those countries that don’t celebrate Christmas in the first place. The lights and the gifts, the songs and the celebrations. What do these things look like outside our very small worlds here at home?
Well, if you’re interested, you can swing by the Frazier Museum and take a peek for yourself. From Thanksgiving all the way through New Years, the Frazier Museum will be showcasing their Holiday Around The World exhibit. This event will put on display a dazzling collection of trees, all decorated it various ways from other countries that celebrate Christmas. You’ll be able to see how the tree is dressed for the holidays in Great Britain, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, just to name a few. They will also be showing cultural displays of other celebrations that are held instead of Christmas. A Kwanzaa display will be featured, as well as a Hanukah exhibit, and there will be several other trees decorated to the tip top to light your way through the presentation.
There will even be a Day of the Dead showcase featuring lots of information and stunning photographs of the Mexican holiday. The Day of the Dad is a time to pray and remember loved ones who have passed away, often by building private altars to the deceased and taking gifts to the cemetery, such as the departed’s favorite foods and possessions. This holiday is also celebrated in other countries, with parades and festivals (Spain, for example), and visitations to graveyards and churches (which is often how it is celebrated in Brazil). Many Asian and African countries have celebrations that run along the same line as the Day of the Dead.
If you want to branch out a little and rediscover the holidays, then the best place to start is at the Frazier Museum. With more than 20 trees from around the world to gaze at, you’ll be able to experience Christmas in a way you’ve never seen before, and you might even learn about a few other celebrations that capture your attention as much as any present under the tree!
When: November 23, 2012 - January 3, 2013during regular business hours
Where: The Frazier Museum, 829 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202
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