holidays

Dancers perform a traditional Peruvian number last December at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

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It’s that time of year again. The leaves that fall have fallen, downtown is wrapped in lights and El Centro de la Raza is...

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On Saturday, El Centro de La Raza celebrated Cinco de Mayo by welcoming over 700 people to their Beacon Hill headquarters. A large tent set up outside...

The author's daughter, Ditti, showing off her colors for Holi last year. (Photo by Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh)

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The best way to know how well you’ve celebrated Holi is to dress in white. If there’s not a trace left by the end of the day, you’ve proven you know how to celebrate!

Magdaleno Rose-Avila addresses the crowd at an immigration rally in Seattle in 2006. (Photo courtesy of Rose-Avila)

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With his tenure at the city's Office of Immigrant Refugee Affairs ending, Seattle activist Magdaleno Rose-Avila is back at his typewriter to carry on...

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JN-eJfWx2s] Art Oki, mastermind of Umai-Do Japanese sweet shop, brings the nostalgic taste of manju home for the holiday season. As many Americans re-visit the mainstream...

Father Abdulah Tafas (left), originally from Syria, is a priest with the Syriac Orthodox Church. Samir Abu Lail, originally from Jordan, is priest with the Melkite Catholic Church. Last Sunday both presided over services at Saint Joseph in North Seattle — a Melkite church where many Middle Eastern Christians gather. (Photo by Sara McCaslin)

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Saint Joseph church in Lake City mixes traditions to create a spiritual home for Christians from across the Middle East. I spent one of the...

Chera Amlag and Geo Quibuyen in the kitchen at Inay's during the Pop-Up restaurant. (Photo by Anna Goren)

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A Filipino-American Thanksgiving Pop-Up dinner last week was just one example of the countless cultural variations on the tradition of giving thanks.  This year my...

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From skull candies, whimsical masks and altars for the dead, how much do you know about the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day...

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Does the Emerald City stay true to the traditions of the Emerald Isle? St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off this weekend, and I can’t wait!...

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The Seattle freeze makes for a chilly Valentine's Day for new arrivals from other cultures. Picture this: You’re by yourself in a restaurant that...

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It was the middle of that dark week before the New Year. Christmas cookies were growing stale in tins on the counter and emails...

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Nestled in the Cascades just a couple hours from Seattle lies a little slice of Bavaria. Leavenworth is perfect in the winter, with snow gently...

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On a Sunday afternoon a week before Christmas, Northgate Mall is a mosh pit of shoppers. It's a familiar scene. Our cheerful, if harried, consumerism...

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For over ten years now, the Tacoma Art Museum has been embracing the long-lasting Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. With the increasing Hispanic...

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It's that time of year, the holiday season, time for feasts and tradition. I will admit I never was a fan of ceremony or...