Growing up in London you could say I was culturally spoilt. Food, music and products from all kinds of ethnicities were at my fingertips.
Now that I’m in a small, suburban East coast town, the pickings are slim. Not too much diversity here.
Funny though how everyone seems to know about St Patrick’s Day.
How did this Irish holiday become so widely embraced in America, yet events like Three Kings Day in January, Brazil and Trinidad carnivals in February or even the Welsh holiday St David’s Day, (which was a few days ago), hardly get a mention?
It’s obvious the country’s strong Irish roots is part of the reason, but it’s interesting how those who have no clue about what the holiday stands for or are about as Irish as Oprah can’t wait to grab something green and start celebrating…usually in a bar.
It’s always a big seller on the commercial retail calendar. Shamrocks and leprechauns are everywhere right now and any holiday with a strong emphasis on drinking and partying is going to be popular but it would be great if this enthusiasm was placed on some other cultural holidays too.
Recognise this picture from our home page?
Today is also Holi – the world’s biggest color party! Holi is a Hindi festival known as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors – doesn’t that sound cool!
Check out Holi in action:
And here's one of the biggest celebrations of Holi in the U.S at Hare Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah:
So why not make a little effort to learn about what other cultural holidays occur during the year and maybe incorporate them into your calendar.
Any excuse to celebrate being part of a diverse and beautiful world is good in my book!
What other festivals do you love? Does your family take part in any unique cultural celebrations? I’d love to hear from you!
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!!!.