Festivals, Festivals, Festivals!!
I realize not everyone lives in the SF Bay area, but if you do this is a great weekend to get out there and learn about another culture or to celebrate your own! I'm torn between which of these 3 festivals I should go to....
Pistahan Festival - This (according to the website) is the largest Filipino Cultural Festival and Parade. Now, I don't know if they mean in the world, or just the U.S., or even just the Bay Area, but it looks like fun! It's a free event taking place at Yerba Buena Gardens, in SF, on Sat. 8/10 and Sun. 8/11 (2013). There will be performances of both traditional and current music, an Adobo cook-off, traditional games and the opportunity to learn about the folklore and other aspects of the Filipino culture. And I bet lots of YUMMY food!!! If you can't make it to SF though, here are some links to FUN Philippines projects we did earlier this year.
Korean Day Festival- Yet another fun sounding event to go to!! This is also a free event on Sat. 8/10, 2013, but at Union Square, San Francisco, starting at 10 am. This festival is going to have lots of traditional folkdances with costumes, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, and, this sounds fun, a Rice Cake Kneading contest! There will be lots of traditional foods there too, like kalbi, bibimbop (how fun is that word?) and gochujang! We never really studied Korea for an entire week, so I don't know what any of that food is but I'm sure it's delicious :) We did learn a bit about Korea during Thanksgiving time so here was the project we did.
Origami-Palooza- This event sounds like fun too, but only if you have the patience for origami (Japanese paper folding). My kids DO NOT so we probably won't make it to this one, but it's taking place on Post St., in San Francisco's Japantown, on Sat. 8/10 from 1-5pm. This 1st annual event will have different booths teaching different origami creations and there will also be a Paper Airplane Contest :0) Sounds like it could be fun! One of the projects will be making cranes to display at city hall's World Tree of Hope. I didn't know there was a Tree of Hope! I foresee another field trip!!
If you'd like to have your own Japanese fun at home here are some of the Japanese projects we did.
I hope you have a great weekend no matter what you do! But just remember, there is a whole world full of interesting things to see and do-- ENJOY!!