Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cultural Marathon

It occured to me yesterday that in a 36-hour span between Sunday morning and Monday evening, Margot participated in three different cultural observances. On Sunday morning she had Sunday school. Since it was Palm Sunday, her class focused on the start of Holy Week by making pencils with palm fronds on them (kind of a weak start to an important week; but, then again, you don't see me volunteering to teach that class so I know I should keep my opinions to myself).

On Sunday afternoon, we headed to Wat Thai in Silver Spring, MD. Wat Thai is a Thai Buddhist temple. Each April the Thais celebrate Songkran (Thai New Year). During Songkran, Thais throw water on one another to cool off (it is unbearably hot in April in Thailand) and visit a wat to pray and offer food to the monks. Wat Thai always has a huge celebration with dancing, music, and amazing food. Margot ate her way through satay, pad thai, and a snow cone, and then we visited the temple for a bit of quiet.

Finally, on Monday evening, we ate Passover dinner with good friends. Margot read the part of The Four Questions during seder and also found the hidden matzo. She patiently sat with the adults for a while, but later retired to the living room to watch a movie.

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