Ginger Research Paper

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Please look at the attached file. The paper will be minimum 6 pages, double-spaced, in length and must include a list of at least 4 references in APA format. The writing does not have to be beautifully written, however, please make sure grammar is correct.

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Cultural Celebration Research Paper NuFS 144 Spring 2019 For this project, you will research a food that is common to many cultures OR a cultural celebration featuring symbolic foods. Topics will be chosen from the approved list below. You will present a history of the food or cultural celebration from an anthropological/historical point of view. For a food topic, you will describe traditional uses in the cultures where it is used, including symbolic uses of the food, historical importance, and any restrictions on the use of the food. For a celebration, you will include discussion of associated symbolic food(s) and their meaning in the context of the celebration, and typical preparations. You will also discuss changing uses of the food or celebration in the modern world due to immigration and globalization. The paper will be minimum 6 pages, double-spaced, in length and must include a list of at least 4 references in APA format. The references should be publications from the library links provided, at least one from each group, Encyclopedias, Journals, and Magazines/Newspapers. The 4th can be a book, or another from any of the categories. Websites are not acceptable. Inpaper citations should follow the same approved format (APA). Check library resources at https://libguides.sjsu.edu/nufs144. Cultural Celebration Topics 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Lunar New Year Day of the Dead Christmas Thanksgiving Diwali Seder 7. Hanukkah 8. Epiphany/Three Kings Day 9. Naw Rouz 10. Ramadan 11. Easter 12. Autumn Moon Festival 13. Weddings 14. Birthdays 15. Others with instructor approval Food Topics 1. Wine 2. Beer 3. Rum 4. Whiskey 5. Hot Peppers 6. Rice 7. Corn 8. Cassava 9. Sugar 10. Chocolate 11. Coffee 12. Tea 13. Honey 14. Cinnamon 15. Cheese 16. Noodles 17. Bread 18. Soy 19. Fruit (choose one) 20. Tomatoes 21. Garlic 22. Butter NuFS 144 Cultural Celebrations Research Paper/Presentation 1 23. Ice cream 24. Basil 25. Thyme 26. Ketchup 27. Olive oil 28. Ginger 29. Peanuts 30. Vanilla 31. Others with instructor approval Cultural Celebration Research Paper Grading Rubric All papers must be submitted to Assignments/Canvas (plagiarism detection will be activated). Note: This paper is a research paper and should be written as an objective presentation of the information you have found in researching the topic. Do not include personal opinions or preferences (write in 3rd person only). The presentation is more casual and you may include personal thoughts and insights. Grading Rubric – Food Culture Research Paper History of the food or celebration (where, when was it first used or celebrated; how did it spread; other anthropological/historical details) Description of traditional uses in cultures where it is used/celebrated (for a food, at least 3 examples of uses of the food in different cultures: preparation methods, traditional dishes, etc; for a celebration, description of the celebration and special foods associated with it) Symbolic uses and/or restrictions on the use of the food or discussion of symbolic foods associated with a celebration (3 or more examples) and/or health implications (for a food) Current usage or changes in how/where for celebration (include changes due to immigration/globalization or other, use by immigrants to US) References (4 references from library list, at least one Encyclopedia, one Journal and one magazine/newspaper) and proper citations/reference list Quality of writing (grammar spelling, topic organization) Total NuFS 144 Cultural Celebrations Research Paper/Presentation 2 Points 25 20 15 15 10 15 100 ...
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Birthday Celebrations
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Birthday Celebrations

History of Birthday celebrations
Birthdays bring friends and family members together to celebrate their own on a date
marking the anniversary of their birth and a beginning of a year of the person’s life. But birthday
celebrations hold more meaning than that being (Emelianov, 2017). The celebrations continue to
change over time from what the ancient people experienced turning into what many people are
conversant with it the present times. The birthday tradition began many years ago and that what’s
the article is aimed at explaining.
Birthday celebrations began only after calendars were invented. The early civilization
used the phases of the moon or sun to keep track of time or seasons since their people did not
know any better. It was, therefore, challenging for people to keep track of their birth dates and
the celebrations could therefore not happen. Though people knew they were ageing, they did not
have the means to mark the important day in their lives. Ancient people then started discovering
they could moon cycles and paid closer attention to the changes in seasons that happened
repeatedly (Albon, 2015). The pattern could be followed easily since it had a way of recurrence.
Creativity played its part and the ancient people began marking the patterns and the seasons they
happened keenly. The discovery led to first calendars and made it easier for people to mark
important occasions like birthdays. People could now mark important dates for their
anniversaries and celebrate them throughout the years.
Birthday celebrations began with Egyptians. Bible scholar’s studies show that first
birthdays begun around 3,000 B.C.E. they refer the first celebration to have been that of Pharaoh.
While current celebrations mark the physical birth of a person to the world, the first birthdays to



the Pharaoh was set to mark their “birth” as a god. The ancient Egypt traditions crowned the
Pharaohs and considered them to have transformed into gods. The celebration made them
important and respected people in society. Some pagans such as the ancient Greeks also had
believed that every individual possessed a certain spirit that guided them from the moment of
birth into the world being (Emelianov, 2017). They believed that the spirit had powers of
keeping watch over the person and gave them the mystic relationship to God on the birthday the
person was born.
Birthday candles have their history on the Greeks. Greek culture respects Gods and
goddesses. There were many tribute and sacrifices made to lease the gods by the Greek cultures.
The lunar goddess, Artemis for example also received the sacrifices (Shoham, 2015). The Greeks
offered moon-shaped cakes decorated with lighting candled during the celebrations of the lunar
goddess. The candles were used to resemble the glowing lighting of the moon and symbolized
beauty. Candles were also a symbol of sending a signal prayer to the gods. The people could
blow out the candles as they made a wish in prayer and could believe that in so doing the
message could reach the gods.
First Birthday Celebrations
First birthday celebrations began as a way of protection. Later, the Greek traditions
adopted the celebrations of birthdays from the Egyptian “birth” of a god. Like many pagan
cultures in the world, the Greeks believed that days that marked major occasions such as birth
also welcomed evil spirits that would later haunt the individuals. Lighting candles was a way to
respond to the evil spirits since they represented light in the darkest situations. This was evidence
that birthday celebrations begun as a way of protection to the people (Shoham, 2015). Family
and friends could attend these occasions and gather around the individual, say good cheers, and



wish them well in attempts to protect them from any harm from the evil spirits. Gifts were also
given to the person celebrating the occasion to symbolize good cheers. They were also used to
keep away the evil spirits. Noisemakers were also essential in these celebrations as they were
believed to keep the evil spirits away.
The first physical birthday celebration began with the ancient Romans. They are believed
to have been the first community to celebrate the birth of a common human being (Emelianov,
2017). The celebrations by the Romans marked the first occasions where the civilization
celebrated the physical birth of a person in non-religious capacity. Roman citizens were known
to celebrate their birthdays wi...

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