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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Multicultural Day in Kincardine

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Hundreds turn out to experience another culture in Kincardine.

The world was at the fingertips of hundreds of visitors to the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Multicultural Day was being celebrated.

Music, dance, food and tolerance and understanding were the main ingredients of the 9th annual Multicultural Day on Wednesday.

Organizer Chandra Tripathi says being different is not bad but is good and strengthens the mosaic of any community.

Tripathi says the idea of the event is to bring all people together, to talk, to taste food and hopefully to realize that everyone has a lot in common.

He says he has been bringing in the youth of the community to take the message forward.

To that end a youth committee has been formed to help organize the annual event.

Visitors of course, zeroed in on the free food from about 30 countries who set up booths highlighting traditional fare.

Elgin Market school teacher Mary Senese and her team were kept busy in the booth representing Italy with tons of different foods for sampling.

She says in talking to her students, she sees a change thanks to events like Multicultural Day.

Senese says she finds the kids no longer fear people but learn from events like this to build unity and understanding.

Several ethnic groups, including the dancing and singing group from Saugeen First Nation provided the entertainment.


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