Updated: Feb 13, 2021
Today is the Chinese New Year. The most important holiday in the Chinese culture. Watching the 39th annual spring festival gala on Youtube tonight brought back some old memories. It was a tradition in my home and many others to be glued in front of TVs for hours and counting down the clock to celebrate the new year with it. Come to think of it, I don't think I ever missed a show. Of course, there are countless other customs, but it is a day filled with rich traditions.
Tradition brings people together because of the shared culture and values. Tradition is important for identity and unity. After all, we are social beings. We want to know that we belong. And that would be a good thing and it's something that most of us could agree on.
But if you strongly believe it, you may also be blinded by it.
What unifies us can also divide us. While tradition can bring a group of people together from within a shared identity, but it can also alienate the group from others without it. And that would be a bad thing and it's something that some of us may not agree on.
We are all part of the same race, the human race. We divide when we create differences. We unify when we share the same. If you are part of a tradition, be welcoming, share it with others, be an ambassador that units. If you are not a part, be curious, be accepting, be that individual that connects.
Life is exciting because of the people in it. Why would you enjoy part of the fun?
Original Article link: https://www.hyfinancial.com/post/a-view-on-tradition
Image link and watch the gala: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-02-09/Live-CGTN-brings-full-Spring-Festival-Gala-for-the-Year-of-the-Ox-XJIJCTM7UA/index.html