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December Holidays Share, Show & Tell
LYAC's desire  to  enhance  cultural understanding resulted in a December 7, 2013, community gathering to highlight ten (10) December holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Saint Nicholas Day, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucia Day, Las  Posadas, Boxing Day, Omisoka, and Bodhi Day. Apparently word reached far and wide about the multi-cultural celebration, as the Philippines band “Balonge” arrived at the event and  offered  to  do  a  surprise  finale,  sharing traditional Philippines holiday music . . . a fitting ending to the event! Balonge had performed at Schooner Estates earlier in the day.

LYAC had undertaken the “December Holidays Share, Show & Tell” event to provide information about
multiple holidays, as well as provide an opportunity for audience members to share their personal favorite holiday memories. Doris Bonneau, who attended, shared her Lewiston memories of midnight mass and family gatherings. Another audience member, Betty, shared how a single mom and her children traditionally reached out to others during the holiday season.

The event also featured traditional foods for the various holidays highlighted to include fresh fruit quesadillas eaten for Las Posada and St. Nicholas Day gingerbread cookies. Cultural outreach continued around the food table, as a Maine French instructor spoke in French to many of the LYAC members who are also fluent in that language.

LYAC With Balonge Music GroupCultural Food

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