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COVID-19 changes religious and cultural rituals

Junior Roya Ahmadi shares her home celebration of Persian New Year on Instagram.
Shelter-in-place brings cultural and religious activities to a standstill
April 2, 2020
Shelter-in-place brings cultural and religious activities to a standstill

Barbie Day: The evolution of a childhood icon

Barbie Day: The evolution of a childhood icon
A timeline of the changes the popular doll has undergone
March 12, 2020
A timeline of the changes the popular doll has undergone

50 Questions with Bonnie Belshe

January 7, 2020

nspired by Vogue’s video series ‘73 Questions,’ El Estoque sits down with U.S. History teacher Bonnie Belshe to ask her 50 questions. Belshe describes what she loves most about the holiday season,...

Vol. Two: Halloween

I’m sick of this s—. Illustration by Kamyar Moradi
Why I believe Halloween is detrimental to society
October 25, 2019
Why I believe Halloween is detrimental to society

The crossroads of food and religion in the month of April

The typical
How religion influences diet during a holiday season
April 23, 2019

Readily-available Easter renditions of adorable baby animals and the declining diets of students overwhelmed by approaching exams are not the only contributors to fluctuation in food consumption during...

The fading green of St. Patrick’s Day

The fading green of St. Patrick’s Day
How St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays have lost their original significance
March 18, 2019

Step out into the streets of nearly any major U.S. city on March 17, and you’ll be greeted with seas of green — people jumping around in leprechaun outfits or clad head to toe in green. It is a day...

Ringing in a new year

Ringing in a new year
Three cultural clubs at MVHS celebrate the Lunar New Year
February 12, 2019

lates of delicacies are passed around, ranging from spongy airy Chinese cakes dubbed “Fa Gao” to pan-fried traditional Korean dumplings. These are just a few foods commonly eaten during Lunar New Year,...

Make or break

Make or break
December 18, 2018

By Thursday, Nov. 15, smoke from Camp Fire had reached Cupertino and elevated its air quality index above 200. Air quality tracking websites such as AirNow.gov consider an index above 200 “very unhealthy.”...

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years
The change I've experienced in Christmas traditions over the years
December 17, 2018
The change I've experienced in Christmas traditions over the years

Santa Claus comes to town

Santa Claus comes to town
Children and staff attend a holiday celebration with Santa and his elves
December 16, 2018
Children and staff attend a holiday celebration with Santa and his elves

City of Cupertino holds 2018 tree lighting ceremony

City of Cupertino holds 2018 tree lighting ceremony
Community members come together to kick off the holiday season with the annual tradition
December 5, 2018

 n Friday, Nov. 30, the City of Cupertino held the 2018 tree lighting ceremony at the Quinlan Community Center. At 6 p.m., the a cappella group Business Casual, national champions of the 2018 Harmony...

Constant Change: As the holiday season approaches

Constant Change: As the holiday season approaches
Appreciating the holidays in a different way
November 12, 2018
Appreciating the holidays in a different way
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