Theme - Culture: Language, Symbols, Customs, and Traditions
Tales from Tikina
Maintaining a culture rich in tribal customs, the Fijian people have relied on their
lands and adjacent seas for over a millennia. With this direct connection to the environment,
they take from the sea only what they need to sustain, an ancient lesson worth taking
Forbidden City Bridge
In China, weddings symbolize the union of two families. Such a monumental celebration
includes extravagant photography and banquets. Traditional bridal gowns are red: symbolizing
good luck and joy. As a student studying Meeting and Event Management, I am thankful
to experience different culture's special event rituals.
Tree of Nazar Cappadocia
In Turkish culture, the evil eye symbol, called the Nazar, is used to protect against
the evil eye which is a look that can cause injury or bad luck. I noticed this tree
outside of the underground cities perhaps to ward off invaders.
Brazilian Capoeira in Salvador
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art invented by slaves in the 16th century. With rebellion
in mind, slaves practiced fighting, but to avoid alarming any suspicion, they made
it look like they were dancing. During a solidarity action in a slum, kids showed
their appreciation by sharing their skills.