Students Celebrate ^irerre
Because of the huge diversity of the University of Houston's
students' nationalities, many students celebrated different
holidays throughout the year.
Thanksgiving was a University-recognized holiday.
Students got out of classes that Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday. Thanksgiving, as an American holiday, was widely
celebrated by many students of many different nationalities
Hanukkah, the eight day festival of lights, celebrated the
ancient victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians, and the
miracle that followed, in which the lamps burned for eight
days while the temple was rededicated although there was
only enough oil for one night. Families celebrated each night
with the kindling of the Menorah, three blessings were
recited on the first night, on the remaining seven nights,
the first two blessings were recited.
Ramadan, was popularly
from school and
time with friends
celebrated holiday among
UH students. Ramadan
celebrators fasted every day
throughout a thirty day
period. This fasting required
no eating, drinking, or
smoking during daylight
hours. Senior electrical
engineering major, Abdel
Lamniai said, "My family was
not here to celebrate Ramadan,
but we did have a big coming together among students during
Ramadan. We had a gathering where we fed about 200
students. We also met up and ate and had coffee after dark."
Christmas was celebrated by students traveling to other
states, staying at home with friends and family, attending
church, among other interesting things. Senior Psychology
Major, Michelle de Sautu said, "Our family gathered at my
parents' house on Christmas Eve for a big dinner and at
midnight we opened gifts."
Story by Dixie Ann Dalton
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Ryan Miller, Spencer McDonald, Brian
Estrada, and junior chemical
engineering major Dustin Miller spend
Christmas morning together.
Photo by Dixie Dalton
Btue (Suede) Christmas
Senior communications major
Dixie Ann Dalton takes
advantage of the nearly month
long winter break by traveling.
Here, Dalton is shown visiting
Little Graceland which is located
in Los Fresnos, Texas. Little
Graceland is a home which is
modeled after the actual
Graceland, which is in Memphis.
Tennessee. The residence has
become a tourist attraction and
is owned by Simon Vega, who
served in the same regiment as
Elvis in the Army.
Photo con rtesy of Dixie Ann
TricK or Treat
Junior music major Meredith Ware,
communications major Jared Counts, and
chemical engineering major Carol Stojan attend
the Honors College Hallow-Homecoming party.
The party was held just after Halloween on the
same day as the homecoming game. Honors
students and their friends were invited to come
in costume or decked out in their red as a Cougar
Photo by Katherine Mayse
Kiss of the Dragon
An elaborate dragon dances by during the annual
Chinese New Year Parade. The dragons are
supposed to bring good luck and spout gold coins
for parade attendees.
Photo by Pin Lim