Program highlights different beliefs
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
A Dec. 11 event at Windsor Public Library gave children the opportunity to learn about different cultures and religious beliefs. Entitled “Let’s Celebrate,” the program featured speakers who were asked to talk about Hanukkah, Three Kings Day and Chinese New Year.
One of the children’s department's most familiar faces, Judy Locker, took some time to talk about how she and her family celebrate Hanukkah. Locker used a book to lay the foundation of her beliefs and then went on to explain the meaning of the menorah. Children listened as she played music which is traditionally sung along with the lighting of the menorah.
After that, the children were encouraged to come forward and place candles in one of the menorahs Locker brought along with her. Then they played a game of dreidel, a Jewish tradition.
Next was a group who came to talk about Chinese New Year. Lena Tan and her group of dancers from East Culture Arts discussed the history and traditions surrounding Chinese New Year celebrations. Tan was able to teach children some Chinese greetings and quizzed them on their knowledge of Chinese food and fun.
East Culture Arts then went on to dance two different dances for the audience, both of which were met with smiles and applause. The second dance, a “fan” dance, had everyone’s attention because of the use of the pink fans to create different shapes and fluid movement.
Last but not least was the presentation on Three Kings Day by Jane Garibay.
“So often our children have memories of their own family traditions, which are great, but aren't familiar as to how others celebrate them,” said Bonnie Waterhouse, a library employee. “An event like this opens up a world of other cultures, religions and traditions. It may also help them to open up to other possibilities, and in some cases, see we may not be as different as we originally thought. They may even want to learn more and begin to read about other cultures,” said Waterhouse.
Waterhouse is considering making this a weekly event next holiday season.
For more information about East Culture Arts, go to: www.eastculturearts.org.