Canada’s strength lies in its cultural diversity and our ability to recognize our differences as our strengths. That recognition is at the heart of Multiculturalism Day, celebrated in Maple Ridge at Memorial Peace Park on June 24.
“Multiculturalism Day celebrates diversity within our communities and this year’s theme is embrace it, share it and celebrate it,” says Carolina Echeverri, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator. “The big day is coming up fast but it’s not too late for people to reach out and participate in this beautiful community event.”
Event-goers are encouraged to represent their own unique cultural background by simply showing up or participating in the Multicultural Fashion Show, which lets participants proudly display their culture’s unique attire. While the first rehearsal has already happened, Echeverri says they’re still accepting new registrations and will continue to welcome interested participants right up until the day of the event.
“The fashion show is always very popular and is one of my personal favourite events of the day,” Echeverri says. “The cultural outfits displayed during the show come from all across the world and showcase a rich variety of colours, patterns, fabrics and designs. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about other cultures and why their cultural attire is significant to them.”
Fifteen nations are currently registered for the fashion show, hailing from China, Korea, Ukraine, Mexico, Bulgaria and more. The show will start around 11 a.m. and will be accompanied by a talented local saxophonist.
Much more to see and do
With celebrations running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., event goers should be prepared for a ‘colourful’ afternoon that also includes a traditional Hindu Holi Colour Festival. Holi events include the throwing and distribution of naturally dyed flours and event-goers should plan accordingly.
Also planned are music, dancing and performances from around the world throughout the day, plus engaging family-friendly activities. Food trucks and a local Farmers Market will also be set up in Memorial Peace Park.
Those interested in participating in the Multicultural Fashion Show can register online or show up early on the big day in their cultural attire.