Celebration is a pleasurable (#) tradition (#). It is a way to balance (#) our lives between play (#) and work. Celebration promotes joyfulness (#) and happiness (2). It is a way to spend leisure (#) time while being involved in local life (#).

Some people look at celebration as a waste of time because nothing gets accomplished. However, with no outlet for stress, it can build to a dangerous level and could potentially harm the person.

Celebrations provide an outlet to temporarily escape the pressures and stressors of daily life. The Webster dictionary defines celebrate as “to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business b: to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine.”2. If celebration is forgotten, then milestones will go by unappreciated. People often look to special events give themselves something to look forward to and to get themselves from day to day and month to month. Celebrations give people the excuse to get together with friends and families to enjoy each others company. Humans are naturally social beings so they need these shared events as an excuse to socialize. However, people don’t necessarily need holidays and milestones as an excuse to celebrate. Young people often celebrate being young by participating in energetic extracurricular activities. People that possess many years also celebrate, but in a way that is more sedentary.

Celebration applies to everybody. People can choose to celebrate alone, with family, friends, or with strangers; the only thing that people have to do is find a reason to celebrate. Any reason will do, just celebrate being alive. Every year in the Billings area many celebration take place. Take for example the Pow Wow held at the Metra each year in the fall. This event brings Native American from all nine tribes in Montana together to celebrate their unique heritage. There are varying emotional supports that accompany celebration, happiness, joyfulness, and surprise are the main ones. However, while celebrating the life of a lost loved one, people might eventually experience the above emotions, but preceding those would most likely grief, loneliness, and fear.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!”3


Celebrations bring laughter (#) and energy (#) to people’s lives. They form a sense of belonging (#) to family (#), community (#), and friends (#). Certain celebrations promote ethic distinctiveness (#), while others encourage drunkenness (#). Celebrations reinforce the idea that bigger is better (#), or sometimes that small is beautiful (#).

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