Holidays and festivals

Striving to maintain normal lives, Japanese Americans held holiday celebrations and festivals inside the concentration camps. Whether decorating mess halls during the Christmas holiday as part of a camp-wide competition or participating in parades to celebrate the harvest of crops from their own gardens, the Japanese Americans demonstrated their resourcefulness and resilience.

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Incarceree performing in camp parade (ddr-densho-2-23)
img Incarceree performing in camp parade (ddr-densho-2-23)
Patsy Yorita performing a flag salute at the Tule Lake concentration camp at the Independence Day parade.
Block 41 Christmas display (ddr-densho-2-39)
img Block 41 Christmas display (ddr-densho-2-39)
This Block 41 Christmas display, made by Japanese Americans from scrap materials, won third prize during a competition in 1944.
Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-10-16)
img Camp Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-10-16)
Minidoka's Block 28 1st prize for Christmas decoration.
Camp Christmas card (ddr-densho-13-29)
doc Camp Christmas card (ddr-densho-13-29)
This is the interior of a Christmas card that was designed by a camp inmate.
Christmas celebration (ddr-densho-39-3)
img Christmas celebration (ddr-densho-39-3)
Original museum description: Photograph, black and white glossy of a Christmas scene at Minidoka internment camp. Fourteen children are with a Santa Claus and one of the children (a girl) is on his knee. The children are either standing or seated on the floor and one is sitting on the table. There are two trees decorated …
Flag ceremony (ddr-densho-113-14)
img Flag ceremony (ddr-densho-113-14)
These children are watching a flag ceremony near the elementary school in Minidoka concentration camp.
Mother's Day card (ddr-densho-324-74)
doc Mother's Day card (ddr-densho-324-74)
Mother's Day card sent to Ryoko Uno in Tule Lake concentration camp.
A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-20)
img A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-20)
Jesse "Duke" Brimhall standing next to a Christmas tree with toys.
A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-21)
img A toddler at Christmas (ddr-densho-315-21)
Jesse "Duke" Brimhall standing next to a Christmas tree with toys.
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