"This collection explores celebrations in Australia, Asia and Europe. It considers the beliefs, rituals and foods associated with popular celebrations and includes a selection of archival resources that show how celebrations are observed around the world."
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This Scoop It topic provides resources for a Stage 1 HSIE Cultures unit of work regarding Celebrations. This site provides a range of resources and teaching ideas covering a number of various family, community and religious celebrations.
This resource is a collection of videos and slide presentations that can be used in Stage 1 for a topic on celebrations. Some of the movies are a little dated but they do show various ways that different families and communities celebrate a number of different events in a variety of religions and cultures including:
- Celebrating a New Baby
- First Birthday: Vietnamese traditions
- Celebrating Name Days: Greek traditions
- Celebrating a Baby’s Baptism: Catholic traditions
- The Feast of Rosh Hashanah: Jewish traditions
- The Tashlikh Ceremony: Jewish traditions
- Ramadan: Muslim traditions
- Diwali, the Festival of Lights: Hindu traditions
- Moon Festival: Chinese traditions
- Bastille Day: French traditions
The teacher will need to use discretion as to which films to show to which grade in the Stage. Some videos like Celebrating a New Baby and First Birthday would be more appropriate for Year 1 whilst The Feast of Rosh Hashanah may be more beneficial for Year 2 due to the more in depth nature of the video. The Bush Christmas and Christmas in 1861 videos are not as useful in this topic as the depiction of Christmas celebrations are not current and students in Stage 1 could find it difficult to relate to.
One of the challenges for lower primary students is to take on meaning from celebrations and traditions they are unfamiliar with. Biesta & Miedemac (2002, p. 180) suggest the only way to make social or cultural meaning is through participation and that through this process students can transform information. Due to the nature of this subject matter being heavily reliant on social and cultural meaning a particularly useful activity in the classroom would be to invite parents or local communities to share their celebrations, as much as possible, whilst respecting religious and cultural boundaries. This could include having mini or mock celebrations including the food, clothing, music and art to immerse the children in the celebration and enable them to achieve an “exchange of meaning” through communication and not just a “transportation of information” (Biesta & Miedemac (2002, p. 119). This will help the students consolidate their understanding of the true meaning of the celebration.
Biesta, G.J.J. & Miedemac, S. (2002). Instruction or pedagogy? The need for a transformative conception of education. Teaching and Teacher Education, 18, pp. 173–181.