Valentine's Day and Other Holiday Musings
Blogger: Columbia Shafer
Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend, and fair warning: I’m a big holiday person. Any day that involves special foods (particularly candy) a reason to dress up or silly traditions is highlighted in my calendar.
Luckily I attend a school that fully embraces holidays. For upcoming Valentine’s Day there will candy grams and glitter hearts strung across the dining hall, and a special spread in the student paper. But holiday cheer isn’t only for Valentine’s Day, each holiday on campus has its own traditions.
My personal favorite holiday is Halloween. Halloween combines two of my absolute favorite things: candy and dressing up. Planning my Halloween costume is something that I get way too into, something I blame on my years of involvement in theater.
Luckily at Oxy I’ve found a group of friends who are as into dressing up for Halloween as I am. Each of our four years at Oxy we have planned a group costume. We’ve transformed ourselves into the Clue characters, a wedding party, Disney villains, and (pictured below) the Greek Pantheon. While Halloween is an important Holiday for me and my friends, it’s also celebrated across campus with a haunted house, trick or treating through offices, and some years, a Fall Concert.
Thanksgiving is the next big holiday after Halloween, and while many students return to their families for Thanksgiving, it is still celebrated on campus with a magnificent Thanksgiving feast in our dining hall the Friday before break starts.
Feast is not an over statement when it comes to this particular lunch. Students look forward to the day for the a week, friends gather to share the meal together and classmates and professors alike bond over the meal while waiting in line for local organic turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
In addition to these traditional holidays, we also have our very one Oxy specific holiday: Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day is the commemoration of Occidental’s founding: April 20th, 1887.
Founder’s day has the feeling of a true holiday across campus, with general merriment, a special meal in the Marketplace and a carnival the length of the quad. Ferris wheels, cotton candy machines, and assorted carnival games are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Oxy’s holiday spirit.