Seattle is an ethnically, culturally, and religiously diverse city. It is home to a dozens of synagogues, mosques, minority churches, and cultural centers. But Seattle is in the grip of Christmas every holiday season.
A giant Christmas tree towers over Westlake Center. Homes from West Seattle to Shoreline are decorated with inflatable Santas and his twinkling reindeer. Apart from a menorah thrown in here and there, most Seattleites don’t see other celebrations that take place in our city this holiday season.
According to a study from the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, 72 percent of Washingtonians identify with a branch of Western Christianity. Twenty-three percent do not identify with a religion at all, one of the highest percentages in the country. The remaining 5 percent identify with a variety of faiths from all over the world. This is about 350,000 people in the state of Washington, who celebrate something other than Christmas on Dec. 25. So what holidays have we missed in our Christmas monopoly?
Delegates from Seattle in Cuba earlier this year as part of the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration. (Photo by Misa Shikuma.)
Cindy Domingo, organizer of a Seattle delegation of women that travels every year to Cuba, said that their annual cultural exchange could look a little different after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba President Raul Castro have begun warming relations between the two countries.
“The Interview,” a comedy about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been canceled by Sony Pictures on Wednesday following threats made to theaters that had been scheduled to show the film.
The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, had been slated for Christmas release. Major theater chains canceled the showings after a group called the “Guardians of Peace” threatened an attack on movie theaters, invoking the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Variety.
The threats followed a widespread hack of Sony Pictures in November, which resulted in the release of emails that embarrassed Sony executives.
According to NPR’s The Two Way blog, U.S. investigators believe that the origin of the hack and the threats can be traced to North Korea.
Seattle Twitter users responded to the furor around the movie over the past few days:
Venice Buhain joins the Globalist this month as editor. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)
We are pleased to announce that Venice Buhain has joined the Seattle Globalist team as part-time editor. Venice will work closely with Globalist contributors, Editor-in-Chief Alex Stonehill, and fellow Editor Christina Twu to increase our coverage of important local-global news.
Venice brings more than a decade of daily journalism experience to the Globalist. She was the editor of Patch.com’s Bellevue site for the full three years it existed, and regularly covers the Washington legislative session for TVW.
Venice loves crunching numbers, filing requests for public documents, and playing the ukelele.
Please join me in welcoming Venice to the Globalist! You can send her your news tips, or just say “hi”, at venice[at]seattleglobalist.com.
Venice makes Globalist history, hitting ‘publish’ on her first story last week. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)
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About this time last year, I was going to the gym relentlessly, going from cardio machine to cardio machine, counting reps, lifting weights.
Frankly, I was bored. I was bored with the “stillness” of the movements and I’d gotten to the point where just the thought of the gym atmosphere was nauseating.
I heard about capoeira through word of mouth and began watching a series of youtube videos to educate myself on the Afro-Brazilian martial art. The capoeiristas looked like they were dancing but fighting at the same time. They appeared to be concentrating deeply, but their movements were smooth and free.
I had to try it for myself.