HUDSON – The town’s holiday traditions will be on the world stage next month.
Students from Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal will get an inside look at Hudson’s popular Pumpkin Festival and Downtown Trick or Treat and the Hudson Portuguese Club’s Imperio Mariense Festival during UNESCO’s annual conference, Jan. 10-15 in Santarem, Portugal.
Hudson students will present at the event for the ninth year.
Seniors Clement Doucette and Lauren Edie will premiere their documentary – “America: A Nation of Nations” – that highlights some of Hudson’s well-liked traditions and American holidays, including the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. The theme of this year’s conference is “Intangible Cultural Heritage – From Memory to Sustainability.”
“We’re really trying to encompass how different cultures celebrate their own holidays,” said Edie. “We tried to focus on reoccurring events where the community gets together.”
The pair chose the Downtown Trick or Treat and Pumpkin Festival because they are special to Hudson.
“We’re focusing on how everyone’s traditions make a unique way of life,” said Doucette.
The Hudson Portuguese Club’s Imperio Mariense Festival – held at the end of each June – will showcase how the town’s vibrant Portuguese community celebrates. The weekend-long festival dates back to the 14th century in Portugal and has been held in town since 1974. It features traditional Portuguese song, dance and food.
Hudson is one of the few American communities that still holds an annual Imperio Mariense Festival, said Doucette.
“It’s being kept alive in Hudson,” he said.
Edie and Doucette – who both volunteer at HUD-TV – said creating a video documentary spotlighting Hudson and American holiday traditions was a natural fit because of their production experience.
Their presentation will also consist of a Jeopardy! game quizzing conference attendees on American and Hudson traditions.
UNESCO holds an international conference each year on various scientific and cultural topics and has invited Hudson students to join others from across the globe the past nine years. The only other American school to present at this year’s conference is Newton South High School.
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