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.

Holidays and festivals (194)

194 items
Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-12)
img Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-12)
Original WRA caption: "Block 1 dining hall." Block residents cleverly decorated their dining halls with waste material for Christmas. The blocks were judged for their decorations and ingenuity.
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
Original WRA caption: Santa's Helpers - Through kind donations from thoughtful friends all over the United States, a happy and merry Christmas will be possible for the children of Hunt. Thousands of presents have been sent in day after day, swamping Rec. 21 and overflowing the Federated Christian church office.
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas gifts (ddr-densho-37-7)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas gifts (ddr-densho-37-7)
Original WRA caption: SANTA'S HELPERS -- Through kind donations from thoughtful friends all over the United States, a happy and merry Christmas will be possible for the children of Hunt. Thousands of presents have been sent in day after day, swamping Rec. 21 and overflowing the Federated Christian Church office.
Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-11)
img Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-11)
Original WRA caption: Christmas decorations in Block 1 dining hall.
Labor Day queen and her court (ddr-densho-37-322)
img Labor Day queen and her court (ddr-densho-37-322)
Original WRA caption: The labor day queen and her attendants are shown at the coronation ceremony which was a part of the celebration at this relocation center.
Japanese Americans making mochi (ddr-densho-159-162)
img Japanese Americans making mochi (ddr-densho-159-162)
Preparing mochi (rice cakes) for New Year's celebrations.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 17 (June 22, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-24)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 17 (June 22, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-24)
Selected article titles: "Army Trial to Decide Okamoto Case Outcome" (p. 1), "Reporters Reveal Story on Tule Lake Farm Area" (pp. 2, 4), and "Ondo Practices in Preparation for 'Obonye'" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 42 (December 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-44)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 42 (December 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-44)
Selected article titles: "Renunciation: Queries on Procedure Answered by Burling" (pp. 1-2) and "Mess Operations Festival: Division to Select Queen; Nominations Open Today" (p. 3).
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.
API