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Celebrating Multiculturalism!

We are rich in so many ways as a people and sometimes due to human nature it is something we take for granted as individuals. What does it mean to “Celebrate Multiculturalism”? 

  •  According to Dictionary.com multiculturalism is,
“noun

1.

the state or condition of being multicultural.

2.

the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.”
Look around us, in our country, don’t we see evidence of multiculturalism? Look at our buildings, our way of dressing, our food, and a basic thing as our calendar! It surrounds us and it is us! It is who we are as a people! As a people, we should be proud of it and we should celebrate it! Let’s celebrate it! Let me paint the picture and you enjoy looking at this story unfold!
Hindu Temple- Coromandel Shiv Mandir located in Coromandel Village Cedros
Hindu Temple- Coromandel Shiv Mandir located in Coromandel Village Cedros
Jhandis flying high following Puja (Hindu Prayer Ceremony)
Jhandis flying high following Puja (Hindu Prayer Ceremony)
The dome of the Coromandel Shiv Mandir, Coromandel Village, Cedros
The dome of the Coromandel Shiv Mandir, Coromandel Village, Cedros
Beautifully decorated bedi- Coromandel Shiv Mandir, Coromandel Village Cedros
Beautifully decorated bedi- Coromandel Shiv Mandir, Coromandel Village Cedros
A view of the stage of the Coromandel Shiv Mandir SDMS Branch 370
A view of the stage of the Coromandel Shiv Mandir SDMS Branch 370
Beautiful Lord Shiva Murti- Coromandel Shiv Mandir!
Beautiful Lord Shiva Murti- Coromandel Shiv Mandir!
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Mehindi!
85 foot Hanuman Murti at Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre, Orange Field Road, Carapichaima
85 foot Hanuman Murti at Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre, Orange Field Road, Carapichaima
Divali!
Divali!
Divali!
Divali!
Plymouth Ole Time Carnival, Tobago
Plymouth Ole Time Carnival, Tobago
Plymouth Ole Time Carnival, Tobago!
Plymouth Ole Time Carnival, Tobago!
Fullerton Village Cedros- Hosay 2009
Fullerton Village Cedros- Hosay 2009
Fullerton Village Cedros- Hosay 2011
Fullerton Village Cedros- Hosay 2011
Point Fortin Roman Catholic Church
Point Fortin Roman Catholic Church
Another view of Point Fortin Roman Catholic Church
Another view of Point Fortin Roman Catholic Church
Trinidad Mall Pic!
Trinidad Mall Pic!
Another Trini Mall pic! -Beautiful Santa's corner!
Another Trini Mall pic! -Beautiful Santa’s corner!
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First pics of Fullerton Hosay 2014- November 1, 2014
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My dad busy at work on final touches! Fullerton Hosay 2014!
Shiva got a pic with my uncle- Ramraj Thomas, President of Fullerton Hosay Camp
Shiva got a pic with my uncle- Ramraj Thomas, President of Fullerton Hosay Camp

Look at these links to paint a more vivid picture:

British Academy 2014 Carnival:   http://britishacademy.edu.tt/our-students/pictures/gallery/carnival-2014

British Academy 2014 Divali: http://britishacademy.edu.tt/our-students/pictures/gallery/divali-2014

Our Muslim culture can be seen by using this link: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=trinidad+mosque&qpvt=trinidad+mosque&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=4D2146152F59CFFF4D0126A29271D460BA2C66C7&selectedIndex=45

The diversity of our food can be seen by using this link: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=trinidad%20food&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=trinidad%20food&sc=8-13&sp=-1&sk=&ajf=10

Our high religious beliefs can be seen by visiting this link: http://www.trinoutdoors.com/pages/religous%20sites.htm
We shine as one people! As the voice of David Rudder sings out , sing along and celebrate our Multiculturalism.
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Celebrating Today!

Some people can spend all their lives complaining but I can’t. I’m not angry about that. I accept that that’s what makes us diverse and true enough “Celebrating Today!” might be easier for some than it is for others. Additionally people may celebrate today in different ways. Those who know me and I mean really know me would know what some days can be for me. I prefer to be positive and realistic rather than negative and unrealistic.

Of course, I am human so yes, sometimes I may be bogged down, tired and drained, but generally I prefer to be unmoved and press on. I do what needs to be done and make a positive out of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”. If you cannot remember it, listen to this:

I can celebrate today because:

  1. I am writing this blog now- today-(Oct. 12, 2014, a day which is here today but gone forever tomorrow).
  2. I got up to see a new day. Some people did not.
  3. I can make my COMM350 classmates smile.
  4. Visitors to my blog are happy. The comments are proof of this and the fact that we have reason to celebrate.
  5. I was able to see the successes of students of the British Academy for the Academic Year 2013-2014 (this is where I teach-The British Academy, Alexandra St, St. Clair). The successes of these students were recognized at the Prize Giving Ceremony held on Wednesday 10, 2014. (If you are interested in finding out what I am talking about, you can visit, http://britishacademy.edu.tt/our-students/pictures/gallery/prizegiving-2014 and you can also visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-British-Academy/491941737535309.
  6. I completed Course 1: Foundations for Learning 1: Introduction that I did as part of my professional development with the Commonwealth Education Trust ( If you are interested in finding out more about them, please visit, https://class.coursera.org/)
  7.  My grandparents got to do Puja today. (My grandfather is 80 and just a month short of 81 and my grandma is in her 70’s- that in itself is reason to celebrate).
  8. I was able to touch base with family and friends and let them know that though I am busy, I enjoy being able to keep in touch and appreciating them.
  9. I was able to get through with some outstanding stuff.
  10. I was able to keep up my pace (life and studies).

12 Oct. 2014= Productive + Positive + Enlightening + Enjoyable= A Definite Reason to Celebrate Today!

Generally my lines are:

  1. God does not give us more than we can handle.
  2. Look for a positive from every negative.
  3. God looks after His children and I am a child of God. Similarly as a child of God, God will look after you.
  4. Everything happens for a reason.
  5. Every experience is a lesson- either we learn from them or we do not.
  6.  I am like the phoenix- I rise from the ashes.

For years these words were on my desk at work when I needed that extra “push” and that “pick me up”. For quite some time it was my ringtone. My modus operandi is getting stuff that resonates with me and that reflect my mood and my personality. Thank you Nickelback and thank you YouTube. The words I refer to are Nickelback’s “If Today was your last day”. Here is the link:

From one friend to another, from a blogger to her audience, I urge you, Let’s Celebrate Today!