Humans everywhere weave celebrations into the fabric of their years. Like a colored seam in an otherwise neutral garment, these rituals add ornament, but they also bind people together in the pursuit of a shared purpose.
It was impossible to fit every tradition into this story. But what I found while editing was that there are so many similarities in how we celebrate our traditions, carry out our values, and spend time with our loved ones. Costumes, gifts, food, and processions rose to the top as common themes. And they are carried out, as it's stated in the popular Christmas song "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," by "kids from 1 to 92."
I loved seeing the roles that people take on—from a child dressed as Krishna playing a flute in front of a cardboard backdrop to a grown man donning a bear costume in Romania. Celebrations can create space for people to step out of their own identity and take part in community.