Holidays celebrated at Lotus

Here at Lotus, our students and staff population is made up of many different cultures, religions, and ethnicities. We have so many different holidays and traditions. To celebrate our beautiful diversity which makes our school special, we wanted to share some of the holidays our community observes. 


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Day of the Dead

From October to November, many Latinos celebrate the Day of the Dead. It is the one time of year you get to spend time with family and friends that passed away. What they do is they set up a table and put a picture of their loved one that died, then they put different foods or things their loved ones liked when they were living. This is a very special holiday for many people. As Mrs. Rangel said, ¨This holiday dates back to pre-Columbian times and it is a mix of indigenous cultures that make up my present culture.”

Vicky Mendez
Cassandra Vargas, Nayzeth Landa, and Monica Juarez are students who celebrate the Day of the Dead.


Many Ethiopians celebrate a holiday called Gena at the beginning of January. It is celebrated in many households in Ethiopia, regardless of religion, because it is the time where everyone comes together. This holiday is similar to Christmas, as it commemorates the birth of Jesus. Many people fast beforehand and go to a service. On the morning of Gena people have a big dinner with family and friends. Junior Kidus Begashaw said, “I celebrate this holiday and it is my belief.”

Kidus Begashaw is a junior who celebrates Gena.


Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims and it alternates every month due to the Muslim calendar which follows the lunar cycle. The significance of Ramadan is that it is a religious month in which the Quran was revealed. It is the month in which Muslims fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for the sake of Allah. Ramadan isn’t celebratory but more of a religious holiday where Muslims seek forgiveness from God and make our relationship with Him stronger by repenting and praying. It is very important to the Muslim faith. Junior Ezzadin Mohammed said, ¨I celebrate this holy month and take it seriously.”

Asseya Maliki is a junior who celebrates Ramadan.
Hafsa Hassan


Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated by many Jews. Hanukkah is the festival of lights. There are eight days and each day has special meaning in the religion. People light a candle on a Menorah each day. The story behind this holiday is very sacred and significant to people in the Jewish faith. Families make special foods such as latkes and play Dreidel.

David Kikirov is a senior who celebrates Hanukkah.

“Hanukkah was a great opportunity to come together as a family,” said Mr. Shearer, who celebrated as a kid.

“Hanukkah is the Jewish Christmas except it is eight days. I love it because it is an opportunity to have holiday joy and spend time with my family,” said David Kikirov.

What holidays do you celebrate? Let us know in the comments!