People celebrate many holidays and festivals that are imbued with meaning. For your main post this week, include the following two parts:

Part 1. Choose a festival or holiday with which you are familiar. Based on your study of the Week 3 learning resources (UMGC, n.d.), explain some key aspects of the holiday or festival, including the relevant beliefs, values, norms, and symbols associated with it. As part of your post, be sure to explain why each of the different aspects would be considered a belief, value, norm, etc. (For example, why would family get-togethers on Thanksgiving be considered a norm)?

Part 2. Based on what you read about the different theoretical perspectives on society presented in the Week 3 learning resources, what role might holidays and festivals play in creating social solidarity and/or social conflict in society?  Be sure to refer to at least one of the ideas, concepts, and/or theories explained in the Theoretical Perspectives on Society section of this week’s learning resources.

References and Citations

Here is the reference you should cite in your main post:

University of Maryland Global Campus. (n.d.). Week 3. Culture and society. Document posted in UMGC SOCY 100 online classroom, archived at

Make sure to include the complete reference information at the end of your post. If you refer to any additional sources, please be sure to include them in your reference list as well.

When referring to the different topics of the material in the Learning Resources within your posts, use the following citation format: (UMGC, n.d., name of topic).

For example:  (UMGC, n.d., What is Culture?) or (UMGC, n.d., Elements of Culture). 

If you use any additional sources in your posts, be sure to cite them in the post and include the full reference information at the end of the post. To learn more about how to cite in APA style, visit the UMGC Library at

Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length, excluding the discussion prompt and the references. Please use in-text APA citations within your post as well as full APA references at the end of your post.

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