South Dakota January 03, 2020
These Are The 6 Big Cultural Traditions That You Will Only Understand If You Live In South Dakota
If you hail from the Mount Rushmore State, you already know that we do things a little differently, which can be attributed to our ancestors and their diverse backgrounds. As South Dakota is somewhat of a giant melting pot, you will find several significant cultural traditions that vary from family to family, including:
1. Lutefisk during the holidays
As we recently
, lutefisk is a big and somewhat controversial South Dakota tradition, as our natives tend to either love or hate this cured and jellied fish. Despite this, however, lutefisk is a tradition that will continue on, as it was passed down to us by our Nordic ancestors who specialized in this "unique" dish.
2. Midsommar Festival
If you thought all South Dakotans were from Norway, think again, as our ancestors traveled here from all different parts of Europe, including Scandanavia. Thanks to these northern European roots, we have not only lutefisk but the annual Dalesburg Midsummer Festival in Vermillion, which consists of the iconic Midsummer pole, arts and crafts, and a can't-miss smorgasbord supper.
3. Unique foods
Chislic. Indian tacos. Kolache. Bison, buffalo, and walleye. Isn't it great to live in a place that has so many different foods that pay homage to everyone's various heritages?
4. Indigenous Peoples' Day
While the rest of the country observes Columbus Day, we celebrate those who were here long before him: the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people who first called SoDak home. Thanks to these rich cultures, South Dakota is the beautiful and historic place that everyone knows and loves, which is why we salute them not only on October 12th but every day.
Taking place in January or February (depending on the year), Tết, or the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is a giant party in Sioux Falls that celebrates - you guessed it - the Vietnamese Lunar New Year! How does one observe Tết? In Sioux Falls, it is marked with live music, sword fights, puppet shows, fashion shows, and so much more.
Last but certainly not least on our list of cultural traditions is Aebleskiver, which is a Danish pastry that is best enjoyed with family around the breakfast table. When consuming Aebleskiver, be sure to plan to stop and stay awhile, as now is a great time to reminisce and celebrate family memories.
How many of these South Dakota traditions have you celebrated? Let us know in the comments! For even more of our favorite traditions, click on
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