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The Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival will kick off at the Halifax Seaport on 21 June for a weekend of great food, music and ethnic culture celebrations reflecting a global village. The exhibitor and food booths are fully booked, Ed Savage, the Events Coordinator at the Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) – the festival organizers, told this reporter.
The 2013 Multicultural Festival is gearing up for another year of great entertainment. International and local artists are set to perform throughout the event which runs from June 21-23 at the Halifax Seaport.
Earlier in 2011, the world watched as dictators fell like dominoes and western governments were quick to conclude that this was a cry from the people of the Middle East for democratic governance. But not all agree.
It’s very obvious that we live in a time when religion is so grossly misunderstood, joked about and has almost become a taboo word on the street. But then 9/11 and the subsequent war on terror has riveted the world’s focus to the role of religion in times of strife and peace. This February, commemorating the World Interfaith Harmony Week, UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon observed: “Respect for diversity and peaceful dialogue are essential if the human family is to cooperate globally to face shared threats and seize common opportunities.”
The first gradual and sustained migration of Muslims to the Maritimes was evident during the sixties and seventies when Canada’s immigration policy moved away from a race-based Eurocentric position to a skill-based preference. So, in those years, the individuals who were instrumental in the growth of the Islamic Association of the Maritimes (IAMP) and the construction of the first Muslim mosque in Halifax (Paul Bowlby 2000) were from Turkey, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), West Pakistan and the Republic of India.
Chinese New Year is the most important of Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called “Lunar New Year” because, as part of the lunisolar Chinese calendar, the date is partially determined based on the lunar phase. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. The rabbit symbolizes character traits that reflect creativity and compassion.
It was sometime in August 1995, when a great exodus of Serbs from Croatia had begun. They were pouring into Bosnia, trying to move forward into Serbia. There was chaos as people began to flee. Tanja Krajcinovic, a Croatian refugee at the time was recounting to this reporter the onset of the Balkan war.
Jamaica’s national motto, lettered on its currency encapsulates the defining spirit of the Caribbean people: Out of Many, One People. The Caribbean countries surrounding the Caribbean Sea are located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico—a region that comprises more than 7,000 islands.
Guyanese businessman, David Taylor, brought New Brunswick’s communities together in the mid-nineties hosting the Caribbean Culture Extravaganza every year in the summer—modeled on the Carabana festival that gets underway annually in Toronto.
Jamaican cuisine encapsulates most of the Caribbean flavour and is a fusion of African, Indian, European and Chinese cuisine. That’s an observation of Errol Henry, the Kitchen Manager at Caribbean Twist in Halifax.