World Holidays Journal Prompts for Students: (Part 2/2)—
When students are bombarded with media and ideas from a particular culture, it can be difficult for them to understand the challenges faced by people in other societies. Though students might strive for empathy, they may struggle to accept alternate viewpoints and lifestyles.
Journaling can combat these problems, as guided prompts encourage students to expand their ideas and to consider the experiences of others. The writing process breaks down barriers at an individual level and allows each student to explore new thoughts on the page. Regular journal writing normalizes this practice and makes it easier for students to start thinking in broader terms.
With these 50 new journal prompts (25 here and 25 in part one), students are invited to explore holidays from around the world.
Journal Prompts for Students Exploring Holidays Around the World
- Do you know of any other religious practices or observances that are similar to Ramadan?
- Which parts of Ramadan would be the most challenging for you to observe?
- After a month of fasting and increased prayer, what would you learn? Do you think you would feel more in touch with your spiritual beliefs?
- Around the world, countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom celebrate Boxing Day on December 26th. The holiday’s traditions include offering money to people in need and those who offer service to others. Why is such a holiday important?
- Have you ever heard of Boxing Day? Does your family celebrate by giving gifts to people who help you, such as gardeners, postal workers, cleaning people, etc.?
- What is the most important part of the spirit of Boxing Day?
- What can you do to remember people who are less fortunate and people who help you on Boxing Day?
- Mardi Gras and other Carnival celebrations are popular around the world. Have you ever joined in a Mardi Gras party?
- What does Mardi Gras celebrate?
- Traditionally, Mardi Gras is a celebration of “Fat Tuesday,” where people eat fat-filled foods on the day before Lent begins. Why is a celebration of happiness and indulgence important?
- How have Mardi Gras celebrations evolved over time?
- In Japan, Coming of Age Day is celebrated in early January to mark the transition of those who have reached adulthood (or, people who have turned 20 in the past year). People reflect on their new responsibilities and their increased rights. Do we have any similar celebrations in America?
- How would an American Coming of Age Day help people make the transition into adulthood?
- Japan also celebrates Children’s Day on May 5th. This holiday celebrates each child’s individual personality and happiness. What would it be like to have this type of holiday in America?
- How would you like to be honored on Children’s Day?
- Do people sometimes neglect children’s personalities or thoughts as individuals? How does this make you feel?
- In Japan, Golden Week includes a number of holidays, and many people take their vacation time at the same time. What would it be like for businesses and stores to shut down because everyone was taking off at the same time?
- How can a week-long celebration create unity in a culture?
- In India, Republic Day celebrates the country’s constitution and escape from colonial rule. How is this similar to the American celebration of the Fourth of July?
- How have other countries been impacted by colonization over the years?
- Why are celebrations that honor independence from colonization so important?
- Why do so many countries have holidays that celebrate independence and the country as a whole?
- How do holidays bring cultures together?
- Why is it important to learn about holidays from around the world?
- How does an understanding of other holidays help you to connect with other people?
Happy Holidays, and until next time, write on…
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