August 27, 2019
We were able to meet people from India, Pakistan, China, Uzbekistan, many African countries, Iran, Iraq, and, of course, Turkey. Lucky Dragon was fascinated with their stories and displays. He asked several questions and wanted to be involved in all of the activities.
We were able to watch a world famous calligrapher do a presentation on the importance of calligraphy in Chinese and Muslim cultures. The fluid motions of his hands and the beauty of his words were spectacular.
In the courtyard they had several food trucks with ethnic food--all of them Halal of course. The delicious aromas were tantalizing!
They also had several children's art activities. Lucky Dragon painted his own nazar boncugu (evil eye). They are common in Mediterranean cultures to ward off evil. Traditionally they are blue and white. He also created his own stained glass mural with colorful sand to represent the stained glass mosques in Pakistan. He used shapes to design his own mosque, and made his own necklace. He was full of questions.
Koala Bear wanted to swing for most of the time, then she chose a 'doggy' to bring home with her. She of course only wanted to do the craft that included brightly colored ribbons! She has recently discovered that the small pool donuts fit perfectly around her waste. She will put them on and proclaim she is wearing her "pretty dress." She wears them all day! They actually look quite fashionable.
Lady Hiva had her first experience with henna done by a refugee from Lybia. This mother uses her talent in henna to provide for her family. Watching her work was memorizing, she makes it look so easy.
It was a special day. Brought back several memories of living in Turkey and how warm, welcoming and loving the culture is. This is especially true of the way they treat children. I am glad that we had the chance to go. I am happy for experiences like this to help our children learn to love and appreciate diversity.