It’s nearly fall here in the Bluegrass, and that means festival season for Lexington! Over the past week I got to experience the Lexington Roots and Heritage Festival and the Festival Latino de Lexington. I did not get to spend very long at the Roots festival because it started to rain, but I did get to see some quality music and performances. The Latino festival was just as wonderful as last year, with delicious food, interesting vendors, and the entertaining Brazeros Musical De Durango group.
Guess what else? Men at the at the festival were actually dancing. Out of their own free will. If that isn’t enough of a reason to love other cultures, I don’t know what is. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to see and celebrate many of the different cultures here in my own community, because a multi-cultural community is something to celebrate.
At the Latino Festival I saw a student from Saudi Arabia whom I work with when I volunteer at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). I am so glad he got to experience a side of Lexington he otherwise may never have seen. Speaking of CESL, today’s class topic was about what makes a Global Citizen. A fitting day for me to volunteer. The kind instructor told me, “Even though I don’t have much money, I get to travel the world every day through this class”. I adore that outlook.
We can learn through our students. We can learn through our friends. We can learn through our community. So I encourage you to explore the cultures around you. You may be amazed at what you find. But you won’t know until you try.