Oregonians looking to celebrate Juneteenth can choose from a full slate of events in cities and towns across the state over the weekend and on Monday, June 19, the federal holiday marking the day the nation’s last enslaved people gained freedom.
Over the weekend, Vietnamese communities around the world celebrated Tết, more commonly known as the Lunar New Year. For many, it’s the time of year to honor ancestors and pray for good luck in year ahead. OPB reached out to Vietnamese American Portlanders to reflect on the holiday, its meaning and their traditions.
East and Southeast Asian communities are beginning celebrations for Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit or Year of the Cat, depending. Many events kick off this weekend in the greater Portland metro area — and beyond.
There is no denying that holiday music has staying power: just ask Mariah Carey whose 30-year-old song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," is back on the charts this month. And for the third year in a row, OPB's Christmas music guru, JT Griffith, is here to guide us through this very niche musical genre.
To wrap up 2020, OPB decided to take a deep dive in the music of the holiday season. From the rise in popularity of Christmas music in the 1930's and 40's to new holiday songs for 2020, and how some classics have taken on a different meaning during the pandemic.