Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom
Explores 13 major American holidays and gatherings: the history, folklore and rituals that have become central to those events. Special attention is paid to different ethnic groups and how they brought their own traditions to the occasions.
Christmas (#103) Duration: 27:25 TVG
In the northern hemisphere, we celebrate Christmas at the coldest and darkest time of the year when the fields are barren. Accordingly, the central message of Christmas is "no matter how dark and how cold it looks now, light, warmth and growth will return". Join Burt Wolf and learn how the Christmas tree got indoors, what the former First Lady is doing for the holidays, how department stores create their magical windows and what Santa has to say about all of this.
Chinese New Year (#106) Duration: 26:06 TVG
In China, the most important celebration of the year is the one that takes place on the first day of the first lunar month-it's Chinese New Year, and it usually starts at about the same time as the western calendar month of February. Join Burt Wolf as he explores how Chinese Americans celebrate this holiday, learns why it's important to clean your house before the New Year, introduces you to the Kitchen God, shows you the art of making dumplings and explains the meaning of the Lion Dance.
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