Once Upon A Holiday at the Muhammad Ali Center
The last part of the year is a big deal in most countries around the world, but it’s easy to forget just how different the celebrations can be. Though the majority of people in the U.S. string up lights throughout December and herald in the New Year with champagne, other places have their own unique traditions for the season. Whether those celebrations are based in religion or just old fashioned winter rituals, they are fundamental to understanding various cultures all over the globe.
If you’re interested in discovering some of these fascinating seasonal qualities, then you need to set aside some time to drop by the Muhammad Ali Center downtown. Thanks to a collaboration with Marcy Werner and some of her 2011 students at the University of Louisville, the staff at the Muhammad Ali Center are able to bring you the “Once Upon A Holiday” exhibit this year. This display will showcase the many styles and festivities of other societies, demonstrating how each one commemorates the winter months, both at the beginning of the year and at its closure.
Visitors to “Once Upon A Holiday” will enjoy a stroll through life size storybook pages detailing the winter events and fairs in other parts of the world. You’ll be able to read about Diwali, a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, where participants light small clay lamps with special oils, engage in traditional activities with the family, and set off firecrackers to chase away evil spirits. There will also be displays featuring holidays such as Kwanzaa, Yalda, Saint Lucia Day, Hanukkah, and many others. Plus, each display will offer its own set of games and activities related to the featured holiday, so you’ll be able to get a glimpse into the holiday life of people from every corner of the world.
The exhibit will be open every day during normal business hours until January 6th, and is free with admission. It’s the perfect place to gain insight into the winter workings of far off places, and is especially great for teaching children about other cultures and practices. If you’d like to see what winter is like beyond the mistletoe and New Year’s resolutions, then stop in at the Muhammad Ali Center and experience the season as you never have before.
Where: Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
When: Mon. - Sat., from 9:30am to 5pm, and Sun. from noon to 5pm.
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