A Crigenetics DNA kit provides a wealth of information about your ancestry, family history, and ancient roots. While this information serves to give you interesting facts, you might wonder what to do with your newly-found information. Often, well-meaning family members provide facts increasingly muddled with time and shifting memories.
If you previously had no information at all about your roots, a Crigenetics DNA kit gives you critical information about your family history and ancient DNA sources. Adoptees are typically relieved and grateful for this information. However, when the initial excitement dies down, you may wonder how to celebrate your heritage. Here are a few ways to honor your ancestors and celebrate those who came before you.
1. Celebrate Your Birthday Like Your Ancestors
- If your DNA shows a large percentage of Norwegian ancestry, celebrate your birthday with a chocolate cake covered with chocolate frosting. Eat a bowl of red gelatin. Usually, the gelatin has vanilla as a sauce.
- When your African heritage is mainly from Ghana, start your birthday by eating a mashed sweet potato and eggs. Oto is formed in a patty and fried in palm oil.
- In South America, Brazilians usually eat candy shaped like fruits or vegetables on their birthday. Bright banners and flowers decorate the house and you present the first slice of birthday cake to your favorite friend or relative.
2. Add New Fall Traditions to Halloween and Thanksgiving
- A South Asian heritage includes Bengali’s from India. A fall festival called Durga Puja begins on October 15 and ends on October 19. Drums called dhaks beat with the call of conch shells. Plan to burn some dhoop, or incense during this fall celebration.
- A European with German ancestors celebrate fall with Oktoberfest. Join a folk festival wearing a costume to dance, drink beer and eat sausage and giant pretzels.
- Asian descendants with Chinese ancestors enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival with a day off from work. Eating the round Moon Cake with relatives is a time to reminisce.
3. Springtime Is A Time for Renewal and Festivals
- Indians with Mexican descendants celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th. Not Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates a major victory for Mexico at the Battle of Puebla. Traditional dancing takes place in colorful clothing and the traditional drink of the day is Tequila.
- Asian descendants from the Middle East with Islamic beliefs celebrate Ramadan, one of the most sacred Islam holidays. Traditionally, Ramadan runs for about one month, during which people practice fasting during the day and eat only at night.
- Europeans with Italian ancestors celebrate Mayday, the earliest known spring holiday with its roots set in ancient Rome. Dance while winding a ribbon around the Maypole. Females participate when the town chooses the May Queen.
4. Start A New Year’s Resolution
- Europeans from Spain celebrate the new year by eating 12 grapes at the 12 strokes of midnight on December 31.
- European Scotland enjoys Hogmanay on December 31. This dates to the Viking days when winter solstice celebrations took place.
- Asians who come from Turkey enjoy a large family dinner of turkey on December 31.
5. Christmas Takes on New Meaning
- In the African country of Mali, most people spend the day in church, even if they are not Christians. Children memorize and recite special Bible verses to celebrate the baby Jesus’ birth.
- Asians with Japanese descendants celebrate Christmas day by eating fried chicken and listening to a piece of music called daiku. Meaning number nine, daiku is Ode to Joy, the final act of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
- Eastern Europeans from Bulgaria start celebrating Christmas on December 20. That date also marks the traditional new year and a special round cake called a kolak is eaten.
Entire exotic worlds of fun and tradition take on new meaning when you discover where and who you came from using DNA.