We live in a diverse society. People come from different countries, different ethnicity, different cultures. When all the kids from different backgrounds with different ethnicities come together they not only get sometimes confused , also have so many questions come into their minds. It is not possible to give answer to all the questions come in their young mind. However, if they can see come things in their own eyes about the cultures, rituals, if they can taste food from different countries , not only that gives answer to so many questions, but also they get more interest to know about other countries than before.
Keeping this in mind, to pertain the children more knowledge about other cultures, my son’s school organizes Diversity fair in school every year. Usually the parents volunteer in this fair. The parents or their ancestors who came from different countries, put booths of their respective countries.
This year parents who's ancestors came from different countries set booth with pictures, food, ethnic dresses, handcrafts, whatever ethnic things available to them. The parents represented Canada, India,Netherlands, Chile, Sweden, Palestine, Columbia, Wales, Ireland, United Kingdom.
My son used to love to go the Diversity fair every year. This year what happened to him I had no idea. He simply refused to go. I tried to make him understand that, he could learn many things, could taste different food, but he didn’t want to move from his decision. I tried to find the cause, but he didn’t give me any satisfactory answer. As I promised my other mom friends that I would attend the fair, so I went alone there. I know I can read everything from Internet, but that is kind of boring. The advantages here that I can know many interesting things in a nutshell.
Anyway, the fair started around 6 o’clock in the evening, though I was little late. The first booth I visited was Netherlands. In fact my son’s friend’s mom volunteered for that booth. Once my son told me that his friend R’s ancestors came from Holland, but at that time I didn’t believe him. However, he was true.
Netherlands: The people from Netherlands are called Dutch. The word Dutch came from German word deutsch which means German, but now only the people from Netherlands are know as Dutch.The country is situated on the northwestern part of Europe. Netherlands means “low lands” as the coastal line is below the sea level. DINOLINGO, Wooden shoes are the typical traditional shoe ware.
Chile: Chile is located along the southwestern coast of South America. Before the spanish settlers came there, the land was inhabited by native Amerindians. The Spanish brought olive, walnuts, chestnuts, rice, and many more food items from Europe. Cola de Mono or Chilean eggnog is their one of the Holiday food. The country has many beautiful places to visit
Sweden: Again one of my son’s friend’s parents volunteer to set the booth. In fact the little kid was also present there. She told me that, her great grandmother first came from in the USA all the way from Sweden. One thing I came to know about Dala Horse. The image goes back thousands of years. Those little wooden horses were play things for the children. This became famous after art exhibition in New York in 1939.
Palestine: Family is the most important things in Palestine. Their traditional attires are very colorful and vibrant.
Columbia: Columbia has diverse culture. It is a mixture of African, native Indian and European. The country is very colorful. Their music and dance are very rhythmic. Their dance wear has three colors, red, blue, and yellow. That attire is very vibrant and eye catching.
|Columbian traditional art|
Ireland: We all know the famous St. Patrick day celebration came from Ireland. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Their ancestral language is call Gaelic. And official symbol is a harp. Ireland is a major potato grower.
Wales: The Welsh love to sing. Wales is famous for its male choirs. There are many castle around Wales. Edward II was born in Caernarfon Castle, since then the first born son in the British royal family carried the title “Prince of Wales”.
China: China is the highest populated country in the world. Their traditional lion is famous worldwide. To celebrate any kind of occasion they do the lion dance. Red envelope / “Lucky money” is given as a gifts during Chinese new year, family gathering, and Wedding. The red envelop are usually given out by married people to single, regardless of age. Red color symbolizes good luck.