Celebrate Culture!

Hi everyone,

If you have not already, please check out the video we posted about Gujurati on the San Antonio Public Library YouTube page! https://210teenlibrary.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/learn-gujarati-from-teens-hana-and-nabil/

Through the Teen Leadership Council, we want to promote all the different cultures of the world, especially the ones found in San Antonio. The video is an introduction to Gujurati, a dialect from northern India. Understanding of many cultures helps us become better global citizens, and in the ever-shrinking world we live in today, it is going to become a necessity. People are connected in ways they never were before, thus making it essential for us, the next generation, to be familiar with languages, customs, and beliefs from all around the world.

In the spirit of learning about new cultures, the Landa Teen Leadership Council is celebrating Mardi Gras this week (along with Valentine’s day). If you are not familiar with Mardi Gras, also known as Carnival, it is a celebration in many Catholic areas of the world preceding Lent, a time when Catholics give up one thing for 40 days. Mardi Gras translates to “Fat Tuesday”, and the celebrations usually consist of parades, feasts, and parties. Some of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations occur in New Orleans, Brazil, France, and Italy. People dress up in lavish costumes, drink, and celebrate before Ash Wednesday and the start of their 40 day religious observance.

I hope that from this post, you have learned a little something about a new culture. If you want to learn more about Mardi Gras, come and take a look at the display at Landa Library where we have many books about the celebration. Also, don’t forget to check out our video about Gujurati, and we hope to add another installment soon!

Have a wonderful Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day!


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