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When is it too early to celebrate?

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When is it too early to celebrate?

Ashley Shepard, Staff Writer

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From the beginning of October to the end of January, many religions and cultures celebrate holidays. Whether it’s Halloween, Eid Al-Adha, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or more; basically everyone has a holiday to celebrate. But when is it too early to start getting in the spirit of things? Obviously people have to start preparing early to get gifts for everyone and decorate, but when is the appropriate time?

Most people think it is when the previous holiday is over. However, it varies from people to people, religion to religion, and culture to culture. Some people enjoy holidays more than others, so they start months in advance by listening to holiday music and decorating.  If someone is really into a holiday then they should be able to celebrate it whenever they want. However, there are some people who wait until it is closer to the holiday to start getting into the spirit. 

Tagwa Shammet(10) enjoys Eid Al-Adha with her family. “We go to an Eid prayer in the morning and then we visit family and friends,” said Shammet. They also have a lamb slaughter with family members and friends a couple of days before Eid begins. The holiday lasts three days, within those three days  there are parties every day lasting for several hours. Shammet’s favorite part about Eid is the communal aspect. “The fact that even in a country where there aren’t very many people who hold the same beliefs as us, we still come together and thank Allah[God] for all we have, and tighten our relationships by seeing one another. Eid brings the Muslim community together.” Either way everyone enjoys their own holidays just the same: full of love, family, and friends.


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When is it too early to celebrate?