Fall is finally here – and we couldn’t be happier to see the temperature dropping! The new season means there are several new experiences for our exchange students, such as watching their first football game, trying their first pumpkin spice latte, and going apple picking with their host family. In addition, they’ll be getting to experience two classic American traditions: Halloween and Thanksgiving. While Halloween is celebrated in other countries, our students will be seeing it in a brand new way. This will be their first chance to wear a Halloween costume and go trick or treating with their friends. Many countries have their own days of feasting, but Thanksgiving will give students a chance to help carve the turkey, enjoy the endless amounts of delicious sides, and reflect on their experience in the United States so far. While we wait for our students to have these experiences and more, we thought it would be fun to look at events our students would be celebrating in their home countries!
Dia de los Muertos (Mexico)
Dia de los Muertos is a two day festival to remember close friends and family members who have passed away. Death may be grim, but this festival is anything but grim. Rather, it is a chance to celebrate the dead with bright colors and plenty of food. People decorate their faces to resemble painted skulls and wear elaborate flower crowns. This holiday takes place every year on November 1 & 2.
Moon Festival (China)
The Moon Festival is pretty similar to our Thanksgiving. This festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a time to come together and be with family. During this holiday, people reflect on the year behind them and discuss what they are grateful for. It’s also a time to enjoy several traditional foods, such as moon cakes.
Jousting of the Saracens (Italy)
In Tuscany, the Jousting of the Saracens celebrates Italy’s rich cultural history. During medieval times, military leaders trained their troops by having them joust with puppets. Today the puppet jousting continues as people dress like medieval knights and ride through town on horses while jousting puppets holding shields
You can read about more fall festivals around the world here. As we celebrate everything that fall brings, we are always looking forward. We are currently matching students for the Spring 2017 semester, and you could have the chance to show them some new experiences too! Meet our spring students and check back regularly to meet new students added.
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