Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A Kid and his/her accomplishments are mentioned on a slide show with a formal speech by friends and relatives and some favourite moments discussed .... a formal speech then by the kid thanking everyone for their support...
this will be later followed by some song or dance by the friends and then dinner and open dance which goes up to maybe three am.
I grew up in India ,always a bright student even a topper in my college ,But my parents never threw lavish parties like these in banquet hall,not that they were poor or uneducated but it was not in fashion and graduation meant like after bachelors degree but still that wasn't sufficient..my dad being an Army personnel never believed in throwing parties unless there was any Achievement par excellence and that party would be at home.He always believed in excellence nothing less and people around us (officers)were salaried people too so it was out of question to throw these lavish parties just after high school.
Coming back to graduation parties after high school its very common in US,this was the third party in a row I attended last weekend(I missed two earlier) .last graduation party I attended was some years back those kids had gone to Med-school and are now doing residency very soon they will be physicians,I asked a parent once "is it necessary to do this(graduation party)? she said" its basically encouraging the kid once a life time to throw these parties and publically acknowledging there achievements cause lifestyle in US is different,once they are Adults they have their own lives and set of professional friends and then its just marriage after that" .....
...to me it appears to be peer pressure as its popular and made mandatory by Americans which is followed by Desi's too..Back home I have yet to see any graduation party after high school ..what if the kid is not able to complete med-school or law-school or any other ?why not throw a party once the majoring is done and acknowledge this publically
or are they broke after med-school expenses?