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"Tastes of A.R.E.:" A passport to cultures around the world

Delicious native cuisine, interesting artifacts and an array of authentic traditional costumes greeted guests to the first annual “Tastes of ARE” on January 25. Encircling the middle school cafeteria were tables representing 15 countries from around the world.*

The Tastes of ARE was presented as a celebration of the culture and diversity of the African Road Elementary School community, and over 30 families participated. Students and their families represented a country of their choice, and these cultural ambassadors shared several traditional food dishes from those countries. There were samosas from India, pirogies from Slovenia, Korean dumplings, rice cake from China, red lentil stew from Ethiopia, Greek baklava, Pakistani Saviyyan Halwa, Irish soda bread and much, much more!

Beautiful tapestries, musical instruments and other cultural items were displayed. Next to one of tables represented by Indian “ambassadors, was a Rangoli design on the floor. In addition, a number of students and their parents dressed in clothing from the country they represented. As a special activity for children who attended, they could get paper passports stamped in each “country” they visited. By the end of the evening, there were some well-fed and well-traveled students!

Special thanks to the African Road PTA who organized this event under the direction of the Tastes of A.R.E. chairs, Halima Amjad and Sumeeta Chaudhri!

*The countries represented were Austria, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Jordan, Korea, Kurdistan, Pakistan, Philippines and Slovenia.