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My Culture Project

6th Grade Social Studies = 7th Hr
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Jelena Simon

on 27 January 2013

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Transcript of My Culture Project

It all started here... My Culture:
I have both Greek and Russian family origins, but I mostly follow my Greek heritage.
I am basically 50% Greek (from my Mom's family) and 50% Russian (from my Dad's family).
I also have a little Irish (Mom) and Italian (Dad) in my family tree, but have not really followed the traditions from either of these cultures. My Culture Project By: Jelena Simon Chicago Greece My Mom's grandparents, on her Dad's side of the family tree, lived in Greece and migrated to the United States in the early 1940's. He started a family in Chicago and his son, my Papou (grandfather) had 4 children and they were all raised Greek Orthodox. Minsk, Russia My Dad's great-grandparents, on his father's side of the family tree, lived in Russia and migrated to the United States in the late 1890's. When he arrived to the U.S., his last name was shortened to Simon. He started a family in Chicago and had a son named Victor, a grandson named Victor, and a great-grandson also named Victor. Victor Simon III is my Dad.

You can tell that in the Russian culture, not only is Victor a popular name, but it is a tradition for sons to be named after their fathers. My Dad was raised Russian Orthodox, which is very similar to the Greek Orthodox Church. The Russian Orthodox Church: The Russian Orthodox Church has 150 million members across the World, about half of those who follow the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The church to the left is Holy Trinity Church in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. It is a Chicago Landmark and registered as a National Historic Place. My Dad was baptized there and my parents were married there.
This church was started with money from Tsar St. Nicholas II of Russia in 1893. Russian Traditions: Christmas is celebrated on January 7th each year.
The Russian Santa Claus is named Father Frost. He travels with his Snow Maiden and brings presents to children under the New Year's tree.
The celebration of Christmas lasts until January 19th.
A popular present is a set of Russian Nesting Dolls like the picture here. The Greek Orthodox Church: When babies are baptized Greek Orthodox they have no clothes on. Once the baby is naked, the priest holds it in the air and says a prayer. After he is done he dunks the baby in Holy water. It almost seems like he is drowning the baby. This church, Holy Trinity, is in Justice, IL. This is where my sister and I were baptized and my family goes to church. Greek Traditions: One Greek tradition is fake-spitting on the Greek person in the wedding when they are walking down the aisle. This is very weird , but it symbolizes good luck. At weddings people throw money in the dance circle. (Greeks form a circle when they dance) Since I am Orthodox my Christmas is January 7th . We celebrate it on the Dec. 25th, but we get a couple presents on the 7th also. All About Me: Greek Easter is my favorite holiday because I have to cook for twelve hours. I think that's really fun. While I cook I like to Greek dance when I can! My sister and I always give other people dance lessons. I love spending time in church with my cousins. I think it is really cool how all of the kids out of my family know all these traditions. I always go to Greek Heritage Night to watch the White Sox. This is the end of my culture project. I learned some interesting facts about my culture, religion, and traditions. I hope you did too. Easter is our most important holiday, because this is the only time going to church is required. Easter starts off by going to church for 3 hours. Then, you get a candle and walk around the perimeter of the church 3 times. After this, you go home with your candle lit. When you get home you make a cross over your door with the flame. When it reaches midnight there is a huge feast because that is when Christ has risen. Another tradition is cracking red eggs on Easter for good luck.
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