Happy World Day for Cultural Diversity! It's our favorite holiday!
Never heard of it before? You’re probably not the only one!
This little known holiday was created in 2003 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
It was adopted in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks to help communities rebuild and encourage understanding of different cultures and customs.
Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension – wouldn’t a little understanding go a long way to help reach peaceful resolutions?
It’s impossible to change someone’s views in a day but the spirit of the holiday is something we all should strive for and promoting diversity is what Crave Culture Events is all about!
So, if you’re looking for ideas on how to celebrate this holiday, here are 5 ways to spice up your life with culture and diversity:
1) Have a cultural movie night. Watch a film by a foreign director or a subtitled movie and discuss or review the movie afterwards with family and friends. Check Netflix for great selection of foreign films.
2) Learn some dance moves from a cultural dance style like Salsa, Irish step dance, Bhangra, Belly dance, Lindy Hop or the Polka! Check out this cool Youtube dance tutorial...
3) Support minority vendors or multi-cultural businesses. How about purchasing something from that Spanish food market you walk past every day? I’m sure the owners would be happy to share tips on how to cook any foods you’re not familiar with.
4) Have a conversation with an older family member about your family background and maybe start working on your family tree.
5) Create a cultural bulletin board in your home or on Pinterest. You can pin places you’ve travelled to or dream of travelling to, festivals you’ve been to, recipes you’ve tried and even cultural costumes or you like.
The most important thing is to experience and explore the cultures you may not be familiar with or celebrate the ones you are.
Diversity is all of us...it makes us unique and connected at the same time.
Life’s too short not to celebrate it…
Culture-vulture, passionate event planner, devoted wife and mother of two. Oh yes...and a witty Brit who loves palm trees and planning parties!!!.