Today's Big Stories

Why family traditions matter

Traditions can often form the foundations of families and communities.

Family traditions have the ability to strengthen bonds and relationships among relatives, says clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyani.

She describes family traditions as the practices that family do to honour a legacy, history, memory and experience.

She explains that traditions can be celebratory or commemorative, big and small.

Family traditions could be anything from giving to charity, playing card games, to celebrating anniversaries, Easter weekend or special meal times and dress codes.

According to Jiyani, these rituals are important because they give people a sense of belonging and create uniqueness within a family.

While families may observe similar traditions, it is how they interpret the rituals that differs.

A lot of them are tied to some religion, in that they are more communal than they are family-orientated. But families will have their own ways in which they honour them.

Khosi Jiyani, Clinical psychologist

Jiyani advises that there can be specific 'codes of behaviour' with certain rituals that can be a source of excitement and anxiety for some family members.

Some traditions may be rooted in ancestral and religious ceremony - which may also be cause for divisions and tensions.

But Jiyani notes that beyond the activity itself, it is the symbolic significance of the occasion or action that counts.

She maintains that traditions allow for both change and continuity, particularly for non-nuclear and blended families.

Listeners shared their experiences of family traditions and nostalgia:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

How to get through the holidays when grief-stricken

How to get through the holidays when grief-stricken

Holiday cheer isn't felt by all families over Christmas time. Some experience grief or are reminded of loved one's they have lost.

Why family interventions aren't ideal

Why family interventions aren't ideal

Despite the best intentions for your loved one, a family intervention may not be the way to go, advises psychologist Jeanie Cave.

Popular articles
How it works: Deep Fakes or deepfake video

How it works: Deep Fakes or deepfake video

Deepfake video is one of the scariest new technologies in the world of fake news.

Nando's reply to a mouldy burger - the best and the worst ads of the week

Nando's reply to a mouldy burger - the best and the worst ads of the week

A witty reply to a mouldy Whopper is a winner.

Curro explains profit loss and its strength in a slack economy

Curro explains profit loss and its strength in a slack economy

The private schooling business has always been seen as very resilient in the face of economic downturns.

Should we pay tax now or top up our retirement annuity?

Should we pay tax now or top up our retirement annuity?

Some pre-budget personal finance advice from wealth builder Warren Ingram.

Shoprite says it captured a larger share of the premium food retail segment

Shoprite says it captured a larger share of the premium food retail segment

''We can play a role in the upper segment, without sacrificing what Shoprite stands for.''

'Journalists, lawyers under surveillance should get enhanced protection'

'Journalists, lawyers under surveillance should get enhanced protection'

Attorney Dario Milo, for AmaBhungane, bids to confirm high court judgment which found that parts of the Rica are unconstitutional

Yunus Carrim relates how MultiChoice used its power to influence policy - report

Yunus Carrim relates how MultiChoice used its power to influence policy - report

Eyewitness News reporter Bonga Dlulane shares details on some of Carrim's testimony concerning the SABC/MultiChoice deal.

Premier David Makhura presents 'Growing Gauteng Together for 2030' 10-year-plan

Premier David Makhura presents 'Growing Gauteng Together for 2030' 10-year-plan

Eyewitness News reporter Kgomotso Modise gives a summary of the state of the province address.

When women see other women as a threat: unpacking the queen bee syndrome

When women see other women as a threat: unpacking the queen bee syndrome

Lee Kasumba speaks to Mancosa academic and former human resource executive Dr Aradhana Ramnund-Mansingh.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91

Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years and in 2011, he was overthrown during protests known as Arab Spring.