Category Archives: Holidays

Happenings: Black History Month

Black History Month looks
to the past in remembrance

Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Black History Month.

In 1915 — half a century after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States — historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland set out to document the struggles and achievements of black Americans and other peoples of African descent. In 1926, they hosted the first national Black History Week, spurring nationwide celebrations.

The founders chose the week of Feb. 12 as Black History Week — which eventually became Black History Month in the 1960s — to honor the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, who had been leaders in the fight to abolish slavery.

In 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald R. Ford, who stated that the celebration was important to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Black History Month honors the past and looks to the future each year to remember this fight for freedom. Check out Texas State’s Black History Month events:

  • Last Chance for Eden: Conversations about Race, Sex and Privelege, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m., LBJSC 3-13.1
  • A Day in the Life of Poverty, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. (Contact MSA for location details: 512.245.2278.)
  • Box 13 Collective: Right to Assemble, Art exhibition opening reception, Thursday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., JCM Gallery II
  • My Family Portrait, Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., LBJSC 3-15.1
  • Red’s Lounge, Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., LBJSC George’s
  • Texas State Desegration Black History Picnic, Saturday, Feb. 11, noon to 4 p.m., Calaboose Museum, San Marcos
  • Black History Month Movie Night, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., LBJSC Ballroom
  • “Calling All Worshippers” Gospel Fest, Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Centennial Hall Teaching Theater

For a deeper look into Black History Month, learn about the integration of Texas State. Read more about prominent figures and events celebrated by Black History Month below.

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Holidays: Martin Luther King Day 2012

Martin Luther King Day:
A time to reflect — and look to the future at Texas State

Martin Luther King Jr. lived from Jan. 15 1929 - April 4, 1968Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday and historic celebration of the life and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The holiday celebrates King’s Jan. 15 birthday each year.

King’s voice was a major influence in the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s, leading to acts of legislation signed into law by Texas State alumnus President Lyndon B. Johnson including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Through King’s leadership, millions of people were able to find a voice against discrimination in the United States and gain inspiration from his legacy.

Today, the United States commemorates Martin Luther King Day with celebrations in all 50 states. Don’t miss the MLK Celebration at Texas State on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Continue reading

Holidays: New Year’s Eve Trivia

It’s almost time: Bring in 2012
with New Year’s trivia … and cats

It’s the end of another year, and it’s time to celebrate! As one of the year’s most festive holidays, New Year’s is an age-old tradition which gathers friends, family, neighbors and even perfect strangers to ring in new beginnings.

It’s a time where resolutions fly with the confetti and memories of the year are shared, in both its trials and successes, with hopes to start anew.

The holiday has its origin among the ancient Babylonians, who are said to have started the tradition of resolutions — returning all possessions which had been borrowed throughout the year — some 4,000 years ago. Continue reading

Holidays: Best Wishes for Bobcats

From Old Main to you, Bobcats share
their holiday wishes with the world

Menorah with candles lit for third night of Hanukkah

Lauren Hermes L. To the new generation of Bobcats, I hope you make as many lasting and cherished memories and friends as I did in the wonderful world of San Marvelous! Happy holidays!

Breanna M. I hope everyone enjoys quality time with their loved ones. When you’re in college, you realize how important they truly are. So soak it up, Bobcats. :) Merry Christmas!

Susie D. Enjoy family time, good food and no more finals! Remember hard work pays off! Way to go Bobcats! Continue reading

Holidays: Bobcat Cookie Recipes

Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth
with favorites from fellow Bobcats

cookies on cooling rack

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing makes a holiday homecoming feel cozier than fresh-baked cookies. Whether you’re welcoming a recent graduate back from San Marcos or hosting multiple generations of Bobcats for a family feast, these recipes are sure to elicit one steadfast response: EAT ‘EM UP, CATS!

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Holidays: Winter Solstice 2011

It’s the shortest day of the year:
Be glad you’re done with finals

Thursday, Dec. 22, is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter. Technically, the solstice occurs at the exact moment when the Earth’s tilt is furthest from the sun, but since you may be scrambling to complete other holiday tasks, it’ll feel short on time the whole day.

Throughout history, cultures have taken note of this day and marked it with a range of ceremonies, rituals and celebrations. Here’s a sampling:

Brumalia: An ancient Roman festival honoring Bacchus, featuring mirth and merriment. The name is derived from the Latin word bruma, meaning “shortest day” or “winter solstice.”

The Extreme of Winter: A festival marked by a number of East Asian cultures, based on the the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun): An Incan religious ceremony in honor of the sun god Inti. It also marked the winter solstice and a new year in the Andes.

Lá an Dreoilín (Wren Day): Crowds of people, called wrenboys, take to the roads in various parts of Ireland, dressed in motley clothing, wearing masks or straw suits and accompanied by musicians, supposedly in remembrance of a festival celebrated by the Druids.

Midwinter: In research stations throughout Antarctica, Midwinter is widely celebrated as a way to mark the fact that the people who winter-over just went through half their turn of duty.

Shab-e Chelleh: An Iranian holiday celebrated on the eve of the first day of winter in the Persian calendar, which always falls on the solstice.

Sanghamitta: A celebration to honor of the Buddhist nun who brought a branch of the Bodhi tree to Sri Lanka, where it has flourished for more than 2,000 years.

Soyalangwul: A ritual of the Zuni and Hopi Indians to the ceremonially bring the sun back from its long winter slumber.

Holidays: Trivia Quiz

Think you know winter holidays?
Try this holiday trivia quiz.

yellow and blue dreidelsIt’s the holiday season. As you prep for family time galore, take a moment to test your knowledge of these American winter celebrations. Hanukkah starts today and lasts for eight nights, ending at sundown Dec. 28. Christmas is coming up on Dec. 25. And Kwanzaa will be celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

1. Hanukkah commemorates which event?
a. the miraculously long-burning olive oil observed during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE
b. the founding of the State of Israel in 1948
c. the parting of the Dead Sea by Moses
d. the marriage of Esther to King Ahasueras

2. Christmas commemorates which event?
a. the invention of egg nog
b. the birth of Jesus
c. the birth of Santa Claus
d. a great brainstorming session at Hallmark

3. Kwanzaa commemorates which event?
a. the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863
b. the birth of Nelson Mandela in 1918
c. the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1929
d. It doesn’t commemorate a specific event. It is a celebration of African-American heritage and culture. Continue reading