Traditions are a key part of any culture. It brings people together, it creates a sense of community and acceptance, and it gives people something to bond over. There are the traditions everyone knows about, like opening one present on Christmas Eve or handing out candy to kids on Halloween. Then there are other traditions that are more like rituals, like a whole family getting together for the first game of the season or a group of high school friends meeting up at least once a year to catch up on old times. There are some traditions that help you remember the past and others that encourage you accept the future.
Tonight I was introduced to a new tradition that I am really excited to be a part of. It is the greatest thing ever, called Septembertime! “Do you remember, the 21 night of September? Ba-dey-ya!!” Yeah, we went there. So every night in Septermber the students of Luther College gather in a predetermined place and just dance to “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire. It seems like the most ridiculous thing in the world, and well, it kind of is. That is what makes it so much fun though! It is just a huge, random, group of people who just want to have fun and make friends and be part of a group. It is definitely a tradition that I plan on keeping up with in the next four years!
Traditions, they make us who we are. They have influenced our choices since we have been children and will continue to effect our lives! I personally am ok with that. Bring on the traditions, bring on the friendships made, bring on the dance!