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Posted 7/19/14 , edited 7/19/14
I think all of us here on these forums appreciate Japanese culture but how close are you to your own culture? Do you follow any traditions or customs?

My family is originally from Mexico and we still celebrate holidays like the Day of the Dead, Three King's Day, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Here is my family's shrine to the dead which is only up from October 31 - November 2. There is food on the table so that the dead can enjoy a meal.

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Posted 7/19/14
tbh im not even familiar with any of my own british 'traditions'
i mean i know we have the royal family and all that jazz
its not really a tradition but its a big highlight of britains culture and society
but
i think the royal family are useless and have no interest.

i suppose i celebrate english holidays but then i cant really think of anything thats like
a british-only holiday.
i dont even know.

but on a side note
thats a beautiful display
and a good question~
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Posted 7/23/14
I'd say I'm pretty close to my culture. Knowing the language and going to the Philippines every summer will do that. However, I grew up in Japan so I guess you could say its ended up being a hybrid culture for me in that I don't fully believe I belong in either one. As for traditions my family still does all of that.

-Everyone still has noodles on their birthdays
-We wear white during funerals and the Philippines has their own version of the day of the dead where we go out to the cemeteries with a picnic basket and light candles while having pleasant conversation haha
-And we're not allowed to clean the day before the new year....something about sweeping away luck
-What else....jumping as high as possible during the new year to grow taller

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Posted 7/23/14
I'm El Salvadorean, so for me I don't think we have a very distinct culture. We do have a couple of things that make us unique with food, the language, and traditions. Although for the most part we're pretty Americanized. I do wish to go back to my roots a little, see the land back home. I visited once, and it was beautiful!

Nice topic Btw!
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Posted 7/23/14 , edited 7/23/14
I'm pretty in touch with it. As an American. *Burps*

I have family living throughout Europe. I could have been born and raised in Europe if my Dad stayed in Germany. I think it would have been way interesting to be around that culture. But I wouldn't know; I've pretty much always lived in the North American continent. But it's not SO bad... Once you get past the fact that you don't have free health care and only rich people matter.
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Posted 7/24/14

galaxiias wrote:

I'm pretty in touch with it. As an American. *Burps*

I have family living throughout Europe. I could have been born and raised in Europe if my Dad stayed in Germany. I think it would have been way interesting to be around that culture. But I wouldn't know; I've pretty much always lived in the North American continent. But it's not SO bad... Once you get past the fact that you don't have free health care and only rich people matter.


Preach BB.

For myself, I don't really know what to say. I'm Canadian, but since my country's entire population is literally made up of immigrants, I can't really say that we have any specific traditions, other than being open to others and being kind. My country doesn't have a very long history, but since we have so many different cultures packed into a country with a population smaller than that of Beijing ( the capital city of China), we get to celebrate a lot of different holidays. It varies with every family, but most of the holidays we celebrate are European/ British, as they are in the US. Most people celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving (on a different date than the Americans), Halloween, Easter and all those other fun Christian/ Pagan holidays, but depending on the size and the amount of ethnic diversity, you can sometimes see the whole city celebrating Chinese New years or something else~
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Posted 7/24/14
Well, as a brazilian I do not really like carnival or beach, but I do like football (soccer) haha
There is different traditions, foods and accents through the country (it's a big one, afterall), while in the Northeast was more African influenced, the South was more germanic and the Southeast more Italian/Portuguese, for example.

I live in the capital, on the center of the country (so it's pretty much a little of everything) and I used to live in the southeast of the country when I was a kid. Of course there is some of brazilian culture I like, such as Bossanova music, the literature, some tv shows and the foods. But my childhood was pretty much influenced by foreign culture. I used to go Mc Donalds, watch american movies and cartoons (and some japanese), listening to english music (both american and european), playing games and reading to foreign books. The majority of the country is catholic and I am not. And the funny thing is I never been to Rio de Janeiro, the most known city.
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Posted 7/25/14 , edited 7/25/14
As a Irish-Cantonese-Canadian, I'm pretty much really Asian and yet very international since I've lived in 7 countries/been to 63. So I don't know really, I guess I understand and evoke way too many cultures.
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Posted 7/30/14
i dunno, i'm pretty american. like my parents were boring americans and their parents before that.
i dunno if we even have a culture honestly cuz i think after slavery ended, most black people were assimilated into american living.
so i guess that my culture is american now. so i guess i am in touch with my culture? i dunno its all so complicated to me.
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Posted 8/2/14
Very far away I might say.
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Posted 8/8/14
Pretty close. I have eaten and/or can make most of the recipes, know a lot of the customs, and even know a few words. Although, I don't know the entire language... nowhere near it...
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14
I'm American, I eat hamburgers. Should count for something

EDIT: Truth is my family has been here so many generations and intermarried with so many other nationalities that my family's European traditions have been lost through the generations. Historically when my family came here in the 1880s the national attitude was to assimilate as fast as you can. Within 2 generations nobody could speak anything other than English for example.
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Guilty. Sad but true. But still, I love mexican food, practice tai chi, and of course there is anime. Sigh. I don't know.
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Posted 9/14/14
I'm American with no real pinpointed heritage. I don't really have a culture other than being kinda annoying and eating burgers!
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Posted 9/15/14
Incredibly close, though from a daily perspective, perhaps not.
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