Genworth Foundation Holiday Village

Genworth Foundation Holiday Village

November 9th through December 31st (hours vary)

Please stop by Holiday Village in the Grandis Gallery to share in the rich diversity of our community. This exhibit invites our CMoR guests to explore the cultural symbols, family traditions and customs of six holidays celebrated in Richmond and around the world.Through informal experiences - reading a book or playing a game - visitors have the opportunity to learn and understand together.

Christmas is celebrated all over the world by people of the Christian faith. It is a time for family gathering, and songs, and gift giving. Stars and candles are special symbols of light used in decorating.

Diwali or Deepawali is celebrated by Hindu people all over the world. It is a time for family gatherings, saying special blessings and special feasts, giving gifts and decorating the home with special oil lamps called diya.

Eid or Eid ul-Fitr is a three-day festival after the month of Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is a time of celebratory meals, visiting friends and family, and giving food to the poor. Children from families who follow Egyptian traditions might decorate with a special lamp called a fanouz.

Hanukkah is celebrated by people of the Jewish faith all over the world. Called “The Festival of Lights” it is celebrated for eight nights by lighting candles on a special candleholder called a menorah. Families eat traditional foods like potato pancakes - called latkes - and have fun playing a game with a top called a dreidle.

Kwanzaa honors African culture, and focuses on principles that help us lead good lives. It is a seven-day festival of family gatherings and unity. A new candle on a candleholder called a kinara is lit each night. Children often enjoy playing a traditional African game called mancala and homes might be decorated with traditional kente cloth.

Lunar New Year is celebrated by people of Asian descent all over the world. It is a time of renewal when every part of life is put in order - to bring health, wealth and happiness in the New Year. It’s an important time for family reunions, reaffirming family bonds and paying respect to elders. Homes are often decorated with festive red lanterns.

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