Grab a passport and check out the following countries and activities at World of Montgomery!
CHINA – Enjoy a tea ceremony in a replica of a Chinese home, practice writing Chinese Calligraphy, get close-up to a Chinese dragon, see traditional costumes and enjoy beautiful Chinese Lanterns. Presented by Chinese Culture and Community Service Center Inc. and Coordination Council of Chinese-American Associations.
EL SALVADOR – Experience the beach and mountain cultures of El Salvador (Mar y Tierra), make crafts, and enjoy paintings by artist Frida Larios. Explore woven hammocks, art and cultural artifacts, and try on traditional dress. Presented by Montgomery County Sister Cities Program and the Embassy of El Salvador.
ETHIOPIA – Participate in a traditional coffee ceremony, write your name in Amharic, and play traditional games from Ethiopia. See beautiful jewelry, artifacts, and clothes from Ethiopia. Presented by the Ethiopian Community Center in Maryland.
INDIA – Dress in a sari or turban, try on a bindi, experience the traditional art of henna, and explore the differences between Northern and Southern India. The India tent features beautiful textiles and hands-on crafts & activities. Presented by The Kaur Foundation.
UKRAINE – Experience the traditional art form of Pysanka, egg painting. Watch painting and embroidery demos, and see traditional dance. Presented by the Federal Cultural Foundation.
JAMAICA, TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO, HAITI, PANAMA AND GRENADA – Learn about basket weaving, try your hand at embroidery, experience the tastes of the Caribbean, and try on traditional dress. Presented by The White House Studios.
GERMANY – Crack a nut with an authentic German nutcracker, or check out the lederhosen and beer steins from Pinneberg, Germany. Presented by Rockville Sister City Corporation.
INDONESIA – Dance with Reog Ponorogo, try on traditional dress, and smell the rich coffees of Indonesia. Presented by Indonesian Embassy – Washington DC, Singolodoyo USA (Reog).
KOREA – Visit a replica of a traditional Korean home, try your hand at Korean calligraphy, try on traditional costumes & accessories, and watch a Korean fan dance. Presented by The Korean America Association of Montgomery County.
CHEF DEMONSTRATIONS & HANDS-ON COOKING FOR KIDS
Join local chefs to learn how to make a dish from one of our featured countries. Kids can participate in special Hands-On cooking sessions.
12:00 Hands on Cooking -Injera
12:30 Rosa Rodriguez of Los Cobanos
1:00 Hands On Cooking-Tortillas
2:00 Bete of Bete Ethiopian Cuisine and Cafe
2:30 Hands On Cooking – Rice Balls
3:00 Shivani Miglani of Tandoori Nights
3:30 Hands On Cooking – Roti
A PLACE CALLED HOME
Visit the KID Museum tents to explore the theme of “home.” Families can work together to craft a miniature room in their home, which will be mounted on a wall to create a community work of art. Visitors will also be invited to have their picture taken in a photo booth—they’ll then create a community portrait collage by mixing up their eyes, nose and mouth with others. Festival-goers can help create a giant map of “important places,” affixing screws into the places they go in Montgomery County, and connecting them with string.
Visitors to the India tent at the Festival can experience on of the most beautiful traditional arts – henna art. The art of painting henna designs on the body, also called mehndi in Hindi, has been practiced for more than 5,000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East.
Henna paste, made from grinding leaves of the henna tree, was initially used to cool the body. When it was discovered that the paste left a stain on the skin, henna art was born! Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, was known to use henna to decorate her body.
Henna art is used not only to decorate the body, but is also used for auspicious or celebratory events to bring good fortune. Historically, henna art is associated with romantic love and the ritual of marriage. The intricate floral and paisley designs often seen on the hands and feet of an Indian bride are a sign of good luck for the newlyweds. Henna art is usually practiced by women who teach others the art form—passing down recipes and designs from one generation to the next.
At the World of Montgomery festival, the China area is decorated with beautiful lanterns hung from all sides of the tents. Stop by the China tent to learn how to make one!
If you would like to write hello in Chinese, the greeting is Nǐ hǎo and the characters are below.
Cascarones at World of Montgomery
Look for the Cascarones (Kas-Ka-ro-nez) at the El Salvador tent. These are beautifully colored eggs filled with confetti and small toys traditionally made to celebrate Easter. Easter confetti eggs are often broken over someone’s head as a symbol of good luck. The Cascarone or confetti egg tradition is said to have begun in Italy using hollowed eggshells filled with perfumed powder. The El Salvadoran tradition became popular in Mexico and spread to other countries in Latin America.
Coffee as an Art Form
Participate in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at the Ethiopia tent. The Ethiopian ceremony demonstrates the full life cycle of coffee preparation and is usually performed by a young woman who wears a long white dress with colorful embroidered borders on its sleeves. The young woman has been taught how to conduct the ceremony through watching and learning from other women. Through carefully planned movement and practiced rituals, the relatively simple act of washing, roasting, grinding, brewing, pouring and serving coffee is elevated to an art form. It is a feast for the senses of smell, sight and taste.
Directions and public transportation to World of Montgomery Festival.
See the Festival Program here.