Since the Gold Rush, immigrants have come here from countries around the world. When they came, they brought with them customs from their homelands. The day’s craft activities explore some of the holiday traditins that immigrants brought with them to the Peninsula.
Among the crafts, kids can create the following:
- La Befana rag doll. An Italian tradition, La Befana rides her broomstick across the sky delivering presents for good boys and girls.
- Cracker. In the mid-1840s, crackers became popular holiday favors in England. When the cracker is pulled open, treats fall out.
- Parol. In the Philippines, people carry a parol or star lantern in parades.
- Dreidel. A four-sided spinning top, a dreidel is played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
- Hagoita. Hanetsuki is a traditional Japanese New Year’s game, similar to badminton but played without a net. The hagoita, or wooden panel, was traditionally decorated with pictures of kabuki actors.
- Rattle. Paper mache rattles are popular during Mexican New Year’s celebrations. The rattles are shaken to welcome the generous spirits of the New Year and to drive away the unhappy spirits of past years.
Ring in the holidays with the SFSU Handbell Choir. Concert at 1 p.m. in Courtroom A.
Family Past Times
A Family Past Times is a fun-filled exploration of history featuring arts, crafts and hands-on demonstrations at the History Musem.