What Causes a Boom in Celebrating Foreign Festivals
Believe it or not, these years have witnessed a boom in celebrating foreign festivals on the Chinese campus. According to an official report/survey, young people, especially college students, are showing more and more interest in such festivals as Valentine´s Day, April Fools´ Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
To get a better sense of the boom, it is necessary for us to find out its causes. A closer analysis of the phenomenon can find that three main factors are well worth our concern. In the first place, it is the product of students´ seeking after individuality and novelty, for which the college campus offers an ideal climate. In the second, it is seen, among the students, as an ideal way of freeing themselves from stress for the time being, since most college students, single child of each family, are subjected to the unprecedented pressures from all sides although they enjoy the abundance of material wealth. And above all, it is an inevitable result of more and more exchanges between Western and Eastern cultures. While the Chinese watch their children thirst for the joy derived from foreign festivals, in fact, the Americans are discussing whether or not to list the Chinese Spring Festival among their official holidays.
The effects of this change on our college life are positive. On the one hand, it has created more chances for students to gain a better insight into other cultures. On the other, it has enriched the college life, thus making the campus a more pleasant place to live on. With more and more health and color added to the trend, I firmly believe, it will certainly bring more benefits to our campus life in the time to come.