PROJECT Creating Holidays #9: Parents

Discussion in 'DEVELOPING CHARACTERS & CULTURES' started by Minibit, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Parents can be a pain. Parents can misunderstand, Parents can make us feel unheard, unappreciated, and underpowered, but what on earth would we do without them?!

    Whether they're birth parents or adoptive parents or foster parents or step parents, they are a huge influence in a child's growing up. Hopefully a GOOD influence, but that's a topic for another exercise. Parenthood is a big part of culture in any reproducing race. It may be helpful to give some thought as to how children are raised before completing this exercise: Do the parents chiefly/exclusively raise their children, or is it a communal effort? Is it expected for parents to be in a marriage union, or to live together? Motherhood especially has been piled with symbolism over the millenia. A woman with many children is considered very accomplished and desirable in many cultures, and the importance of producing a male heir is imperative in almost every patriarchal society. Don't forget to leave grandparents out of the occasion!


    You can fill out this sheet, or write a scene about a character celebrating this holiday

    Holiday Name:
    When is it celebrated?
    Who celebrates?
    What is done to celebrate?
    How old is this holiday?
    Has this holiday changed much from its roots?
    Where do the festivities take place?
    Is there anything it is taboo to do on this holiday?
    Do people dress differently for this holiday?
    Is any kind of decoration traditional?
    Are any colours, symbols, or icons associated with this holiday?
    Are any spirits or deities associated with this holiday?
    Is it an important/widespread celebration, or a smaller affair?
    Are there any foods or drinks associated with this holiday?
    Do any natural events coincide with this holiday (ie: an eclipse)?
    Are both parents celebrated or just the one?
    Is it a community holiday or it celebrated privately within families?
    Are grandparents included in this holiday?
    Are pregnant women and expecting fathers included in this holiday?
    Do those with children too young to participate still take part in this holiday?


    Other Creating Holidays Exercises:

    Seasons!
    Death!
    Food!
    Protection!
    Costumes!
    Travel!
    Animals!
    Time!
    Parents!
    Invention!
    Gifts!
    Inebriation!
    Superstition!
    Religion!
    Miracles!
    Birthdays!
    Manliness!
    Games!
    The Future!
    Purification!
    Flowers!
     
    #1 Minibit, Jan 12, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2014