Happy Constitution Day to Norway! Gratulerer med Dagen!

📷:Kari Schibevaag  📷:Logan Johnson

 

Gratulerer med dagen til Norge!

As some of you know, many years ago I was a Rotary exchange student to Norway. Today is Norway’s Birthday (Constitution Day)! Norway has more layers to its history and diversity than some may realize. Let’s look at some of them!

…Senker drømmer for alt på vår jord…

Norway’s national anthem:

Historic Syttende Mai children’s parade from NATO:

And if you are watching Eurovision this weekend, check out Norway’s group, KEiiNO, featuring Sámi songwriter Fred Buljo who incorporates traditional indigenous joik singing style into their performance:

Ramadan Mubarak! Have a Blessed Ramadan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019: United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages

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Emma Stevens, a high school student in Eskasoni, Cape Breton, sings a gorgeous rendition of classic McCartney track in her native language, Mi’kmaq, as part of an effort to bring awareness to the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

 

(Full Mi’kmaq lyrics on YouTube page)

 

“Wherever you live, indigenous peoples are your neighbors”

To hear more about why it’s important to keep indigenous languages alive, see the video below:

Indigenous people of southeast Pennsylvania:

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One expression of genocide is destroying the language of a culture. Maintaining and reviving language is an important aspect of resisting cultural destruction and genocide!

 

 

Happy Passover! Chag Pesach Sameach!

To all those observing Passover this evening:

 

(What is Passover?)

 

Holi Hai! Happy Holi!

मथुरा की खुशबू, गोकुल की बहार,
वृंदावन की सुगंध, बरसाने की फुहार,
राधा की उम्मीद, कान्हा का प्यार,
मुबारक हो आपको होली का त्योहार।

 

 

 

 

 

Chag Purim Sameach!

Communicating with others about your experiences is important for you, and for others to hear!

Sometimes expressing experience in music is a good way to keep personal and group history alive:

And sometimes, sharing special foods is the best communication tradition: (recipe at link)

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(Header image via: https://twitter.com/NYPDQueensSouth)