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Celebrating Other People’s Holidays

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Feb 01, 2021

Do you drink a Guinness on St. Patrick's Day, even though you're not Irish? Do you eat chips and salsa on Cinco de Mayo, even though you're not Mexican? Here at Sporkful HQ, we sure do. When one culture's holiday becomes everyone's excuse to party, what's gained and what's lost? And how does it feel when it's your holiday? A few years back Dan found out, when he went to a Chinese New Year party with no Chinese people, then attended a “Gentile Passover” seder, where he was the only Jewish person. Plus he talked with comedian Jenny Yang, who went to a Lunar New Year celebration at Disneyland. We replay those conversations, then check back in with the hosts of “Gentile Passover” for a surprising update. 

Jenny Yang has been hosting a regular online comedy show Comedy Crossing. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram, or check out her website here.

Charlene Wang De Chen is the creator of the tea company Tranquil Tuesdays, and you can find out more about her other work on her website.

Interstitial music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "Hang Tight" by Hayley Briasco

- "Mouse Song" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "Dreamin'" by Erick Anderson

- "When You're Away" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "Kenny" by Hayley Briasco

Photo via FlickrCC/HarshLight

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