Several pages of the April 30 Rocky View Weekly included photos of last week’s Easter celebrations. The popular Christian holiday commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, following his crucifixion and burial.
The events we covered were full of fun and jovial atmospheres, and we are happy to cover them. However, spring is filled with celebrations for many other cultures and religions, too.
In March, the Hindu festival of Holi was celebrated and New Horizon Mall held a colourful, free event to mark the festival of love an colour. And May 4, the mall will offer a free Cinco de Mayo event, highlighting Mexican and Latin American culture.
There is something to be said about embracing other cultures. According to the Government of Canada, first- and second-generation immigrants now make up nearly 40 per cent of the Canadian population. The Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table says multiculturalism and immigrants are a source of diverse knowledge and experience, increasing innovation, creativity and prosperity. Diversity also enriches the cultural fabric of a community by introducing new foods, music, traditions, beliefs and interests.
Encouraging inclusion at a young age helps prevent prejudices against those people and beliefs that differ from our own and grows tolerance and respect to others. It also allows children, and their families, to experience the discovery of finding new things they might love that would have otherwise been lost to the unknown.
We are grateful for the diverse events in our coverage are and beyond.