'Celebrating Arkansas: Holiday Traditions' premieres in August


Series highlighting Arkansans’ celebrations debuts Fall episode

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — “Celebrating Arkansas: Holiday Traditions,” an Arkansas PBS original series showcasing The Natural State’s culture and heritage, is set to premiere with its Fall episode Monday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m., with an encore airing Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

The series will take audiences on a journey across the seasons and across the state as Arkansans share the memories, family rituals, food and time-honored traditions that bring their loved ones together.

“’Celebrating Arkansas’ shows the many cultures that reside within our state and the traditions important to them,” Arkansas PBS Executive Director and CEO Courtney Pledger said. “Our team has visited communities large and small, traveling across the state to reveal the varied ways that culture and heritage are reflected in family celebrations. ‘Celebrating Arkansas’ strives to help us know and better understand our neighbors.”

Join professional DJ and “Celebrating Arkansas: Holiday Traditions” host, Mario Luna, as he scours the state for the most interesting, time-tested Arkansas celebrations. In the Fall episode of this new series, Luna will get the inside information on the Hindu festival of Diwali, as well as the spooky details on Halloween and Día de Los Muertos in different communities across the state. Finally, Luna will compete a Turkey Crawl as he celebrates Thanksgiving a handful of different ways, while sharing the lesson – no matter the celebration, it’s better together.

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Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watch, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at myarkansaspbs.org. Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Lee Mountain), KETS (Forrest City) and KETS (Gaither).