Christmas is the only festival that is celebrated all around the globe. No matter which country you belong to, or what language you speak, the whole world celebrates Christmas Day with same gala and fun. If you happen to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, then you are exposed to people of varied cultures, languages and religion. The people here in the Silicon Valley celebrate Diwali, Durga Puja, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Halloween and Christmas with same level of interest and fun.
The holiday season is around the corner and it is time to meet our family and friends. Many of us living in the USA have families living abroad like China, India and other South East Asian countries. We often invite our family members residing abroad to come to the USA and spend more time with us, especially our grandparents, parents or very close relatives. Sometimes it becomes hard for them to adjust to the fast paced lifestyle here in the USA.
When the grandchildren are American-born, everyone in the family needs to figure out a way to bridge the cultural divide. Culture does not pass down through the DNA. Rather, it is more about sharing the same cultural environment. Spending time together is the best way to get to know each other, seed your grains of values and ethics slowly one at a time. You don’t need an extravagant vacation; it is more about quality time together. Conversations about daily life, school, work and friends do not seem to be very exciting, but it is the foundation for building a relationship over time.
Not sure what to do when parents are visiting the USA or when you have long term house guests and a limited budget? Let the Internet help you find practical activities to keep everyone entertained. Today’s list includes some by yourself and outdoor activities, too.
Entertaining guests from out of town or parents visiting the USA can be costly, but with little effort you can find many free and low cost activities. Initially I had long term guests in mind when I compiled this list, but these events and places are great for everybody!
The mid-autumn festival falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar. It celebrates the harvest and is an occasion for family gatherings and reunions. This year the festival falls on Sunday September 27, 2015.
If your parents are visiting the USA—especially the Bay Area—from India, they can tap into the rich cultural resources that the Bay Area has to offer. The Bay Area is lucky to have communities of people from most parts of the world, and it is not difficult to find products, food, entertainment, and religious services. The first step is to get connected!
First, get the dates right! The Chinese year is on the lunar cycle, so this year Chinese New Year’s Day is February 19, 2015. In San Francisco though, the festivities happen over a period of three weeks–before and after Chinese New Year’s Day. Your Chinese New Year’s experience could begin as early as February 14, and then end with the largest Chinese New Year Parade outside of Asia on March 7th. This gives you a big window for your trip so you can shop for better prices on airfare or hotel packages.