Celebrating our many cultures

Hundreds of French and immersion students march down Main Street Moose Jaw in Sask.’s first ever Tintamarre celebration on March 15, 2017. Crystal Schick/Times-Herald

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

That is a basic, straightforward way to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Irish Gaelic. Today is the day to celebrate the Irish culture and, seeing as I am part Irish, it only makes sense that I enjoy marking the occasion. The same holds true for many other people and certainly not all of them are Irish, but you don’t have to be and I think that’s the point.

Anyone can participate and learn more about others’ cultures and this is something I think we should do. We need to do this not only on special occasions, but to incorporate celebrating our diversity into our everyday lives.

This week marked a lot of celebrations of culture. Wednesday, for instance, was Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan’s first Tintamarre to celebrate French culture. As I walked with the group down Main Street, with so many smiling faces, loud cheering, music and banging of pots, pans and wooden spoons, I grinned at the sight. It was remarkable to see so many people waving Fransaskois flags and displaying their pride.

In reality, many of us are from many different cultures and we all should be proud of this. We also need to make an effort to learn about other people’s cultures and celebrate those as well.

I believe everyone should be treated as equals and that applies to culture as well.

Inclusiveness and diversity are two messages we here in Canada often boast about, as they are values we hold dear. Canada is a multicultural country and that holds true here in Moose Jaw.

Let’s strive to incorporate that inclusiveness and appreciation of other cultures into our everyday lives.

For more on this, see the March 17, 2017 print or online edition of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.