Cultural Connection Week 2019 was a wonderful experience. Thank you so much to everyone who participated, and thank you Coursera for making this happen.
I feel as if I have visited countries and cultures I never would have been able to know about. I was able to see them through the eyes and experiences of those who live them. So much pride and love for our cultures and countries have been expressed here.
Any questions I have ever had were always answered. I learned just as much from these responses as the original posts. For example, when @Lic. José Alvarado from Mexico, mentioned wooden toys, I asked to see an example and he immediately posted a photo of brightly colored wooden toys. Thinking about toys, @Rose Mary Vega from Latin America, shared a fun children's game played called Don Ana. @Danijela from Croatia replied to a question by telling us about some of her hobbies such as lace making and gingerbread crafts. Gingerbread crafts? I never heard of that and discovered how a piece of gingerbread can be made into a decoration.
As a musician, I was especially interested in @Zannah Zakariya Goni from Nigeria who shared ganga kura, his music with us. An instrument called algaita was featured which uses a double reed, I had never heard before. @Alberto from Perú taught us that the percussion called cajon originated in Peru . The links he shared with us were helpful in understanding how special this is. In one of his links, there are 5 cajon players jamming! @Halla introduced us to the origins of American Jazz with music by King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. @Vagney from Brazil introduced us to a Brazilian guitarist and singer.
We were treated to picturesque Festivals such as the Bengali New Year Festival by @Debashish . @Cicero from Brazil took us to the Bumba Meu Boi Festival which is a social criticism Festival.
Another Festival was one where foods from restaurants compete, shared by @Cristiane called "Comida di Buteco". The winning dish gets a prize of a golden plate to hang in their restaurant.
Speaking of foods, @Magdalena Brzezinska from Poland shared some of the unusual foods and recipes she prepares for Christmas, an example being sauerkraut with mushrooms. She assured us that their enjoyment was a taste acquired as you age. Most children dislike these but grow to enjoy them. We also had an interesting discussion about education. @Otto Stam from the Netherlands also discussed why people from his country speak such fluent English. @Lillian from Australia shared her country's famous foods with us with links to see exactly what they look like. @Carol shared a picture of her unusual carrots, sparking a discussion about seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Some of the art work presented to us was magnificent. @Luis Gerardo Ayala B. from Columbia shared amazing murals painted by famous artists of his country. He wore a different hat in each picture! Best of all, he posted a photo with a local banana seller. When I posted pictures of our National Parks I learned how talented a photographer both @Namrata Tejwani and @Pat B are when they also posted some of their photos.@Bahamas2020 from Algiers posted a entire art gallery of pictures from his culture. I also loved his photo of the dates he picked and the fish he caught.
Some of my favorite pictures where those that showed what life was like, such as the banana seller in Columbia, or the marketplace that @Bahamas2020 posted. @nishparadox 's picture of Durbar Squares in Nepal was another one I enjoyed. @Fatamorgana posted lovely pictures of Argentina.
I wish I could smell the bright yellow flowers on the Australian wattle tree that both @Lillian and @Pat B assured me was an incredible smell. This is their National flower, from Australia.
There were many good discussions about language. @yashika_d told us that language in India changes every 15 -20 kilometers, there are so many languages spoken there.She had created a whole presentation of her country and reminded us that not everyone in India is a snake charmer!
@Namrata Tejwani 's descriptions of the Langar in India, which are community kitchens made a powerful statement about the goodness and kindness of people who as volunteers have cooked and served thousands of hungry people. Her photo of all these people eating together is amazing.
@MikeEdgar had a most unusual post about the subcultures he knew through alcohol, such as the California Wine Country or Bourbon from Kentucky.
@Charjad1 has family roots in Indonesia and currently is living in California's Silicone Valley where his school is right down the street form Coursera.
I am hoping that many people have read through these incredible posts. It's not too late to read them.If you put the words"cultural connection week 2019" in the search box they will all appear.
Please share with us what you enjoyed this week. I apologize if I didn't mention everyone, but hopefully someone else will. I also hope Coursera will repeat this next year.
@lkhan has lived in Pakistan, Spain and Dubai and has expressed what being multi-cultural means to her," Being multi-cultural has opened and broadened one's vision of our own world, its people and our oneness..." I feel as if this is what has happened during Cultural Connection Week. It has been a pleasure to meet and visit you.