The theme for the CULTURAL EXCHANGE on Thursday January 12, 2012 was Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year celebrations from around the world.
The program was attended by: Linda Z., Mary Louise H., Elaine M., Lalitha R., Iko B., Robin G., Maria T., Rosemie L., Anna LB, Pauline W., Marie-Alice G.
A delightful young lady from Mongolia, Tegshee and her daughter saw the notice and joined us for lunch. She is interested in joining the group.
There was a variety of sweet and savory dishes for all to share. These included a rice dish, hardboiled eggs with fish and crackers, potato latkes, home-made Christmas cookies, special Spanish flaky pastry made with almonds (Polvorones), Belgian wafers (gauffres), Indian cream of wheat sweet with cardamom, almonds and raisin (kesari halwa), and much more.
After lunch, we started the program with Iko welcoming the group and introducing Tegshee, the guest from Mongolia. Following this, Lalitha summarized the format for the Cultural Program and introduced the speakers.
The common thread that connected all the speakers was the tangible excitement, nostalgia and joy with which they all spoke about their childhood memories. All the speakers’ spoke with great passion and they bought “show and tell” objects and pictures from their respective traditions to liven up the experience. Their enthusiasm was infectious and led to spontaneous interaction and story-telling by the audience members of their personal experiences of Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year in their own countries.
- Christmas in Spain
- Christmas in Poland / Belarus
- Hanukkah in US / Israel
- New Year in China
Happy New Year, Ladies
Submitted by Lalitha