Category Archives: Holidays

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

Happenings: Bobcat Sports

Texas State student-athletes
to play on over holiday break

By Mary Kincy

Texas State basketball

Earlier in 2011, Texas State men's basketball took on the University of Texas-Arlington.

While the majority of Texas State students are enjoying a much-anticipated break from all things collegiate, Bobcat student-athletes will play on during the holiday cessation of classes.

Basketball action continues when Texas State women’s basketball takes to the court at Kennesaw State University on Monday, Dec. 19, then takes on Belmont on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Continue reading

Holidays: Hill Country Youth Chorus

Youth singers to perform
Christmas favorites and more

By Mary Kincy

A photo of the Hill Country Youth Chorus performing.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus in a past holiday performance.

The Hill Country Youth Chorus is preparing to sing in the holiday season in a concert at Texas State’s Evans Auditorium.

The event, themed “Jingle Bells: A Season of Celebration,” will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in Evans Auditorium at Texas State. Admission — including admittance to a faculty BrassWorks performance of carols in the lobby beginning at 6 and a reception hosted by Sigma Alpha Iota to follow the main performance — is free. Continue reading

Holidays: Bastille Day

Around the world, French National Day fires off in celebration

Bastille Day in Paris, France

By Catherine Harper

In France, July 14 is French National Day, known here as Bastille Day. With fireworks, dancing and parades, Bastille Day is very similar to the Fourth of July in the United States.

According to Dr. Moira DiMauro-Jackson, a modern languages professor and sponsor of Le Cercle Français at Texas State, the holiday is a day of celebration full of “pomp and pageantry.” However, it does get a  bit rowdy. Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish?!

On March 17, people of all backgrounds will honor the Irish, celebrating with parades, feasts, green attire and good cheer. Originating in Ireland as a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a worldwide celebration.

Many people are not aware, however, that St. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish, but a Roman-Briton missionary born in England. He didn’t have an easy life; he was abducted by Irish brigands at the young age of 16 and sold into slavery. Escaping six years later, Patrick had the notion that he would preach Christianity to the Irish, and did exactly that for roughly 30 years.

He died on March 17, A.D. 461, which became recognized as St. Patrick’s Day.

A few facts about the green holiday:

♣ The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the U.S. Revolutionary War marched to reconnect with their Irish roots.

♣ The color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue, but switched to green in the 19th century.

♣ More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston hold the largest celebrations.

♣ The Chicago River is dyed green for the occasion with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. Click here to watch a stop motion video of the transformation by Anthony Stewart.

♣ The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.

♣ The original Irish name for the leprechaun of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”

Contest: Spring Break with Flat Bob

Fun-loving flat cat seeks company, well-heeled, will travel


Remember Flat Stanley? Well, Texas State’s own Bob the Cat (you’ll remember him from this video) has gone flat to tag along on your spring break gallivanting. In other words, please enter the Flat Bob Spring Break photo contest. You’ll get a Texas State window decal just for participating. Continue reading

Presidents Day

Celebrate Presidents Day with LBJ

Lyndon Baines Johnson, class of 1930.

Presidents Day, celebrated the third Monday in February, is a day to remember past American leaders, and perhaps also find a good sale. Officially known as Washington’s Birthday, the federal holiday was created by an Act of Congress in 1879 to commemorate the nation’s first president, George Washington, who was born Feb. 22, 1732.

We’ll expand our observance today and remember President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a member of the Texas State University class of 1930. The following notable quotes are from speeches made by Johnson, both before and after he became president of the United States in 1963.

You can also find more LBJ links and videos on the Texas State Blog.

Remarks at Gettysburg, Pa., on civil rights

May 30, 1963

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. To the extent that the proclamation of emancipation is not fulfilled in fact, to that extent we shall have fallen short of assuring freedom to the free. Continue reading