Monday, February 8 is Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, a holiday which holds great importance in my family. This year marked the year of the monkey in a festival that signifies rebirth and hope for future wealth and longevity.
Religion has always been a part of my life. Growing up, I attended mosque every week and there I created memories and learned lessons that are woven into my identity. The teachings of Islam have helped me understand what it means to be respectful, empathetic, generous, and peaceful.
I have grown up practicing the Christian faith my whole life. My parents attended Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) before I was born and I still call it my church home. From singing songs about Jesus’s love for me to coloring bible story pages at Sunday School I never doubted that this was where I belonged. These were people that loved me and helped shape my faith.Throughout elementary school and even middle school I attended church on Sunday, listened to my parents’ rules (which didn’t see
If asked to name a Jewish holiday, the average American would probably think of Hanukkah first, perhaps tentatively followed by Yom Kippur. As a Jew, this phenomenon always struck me as odd; as Jewish holidays go, Hanukkah is among the least significant and the least spiritual.