Multicultural madness when it comes to acceptance of others
I LOVE travelling overseas to experience the culture of other countries.
But there are plenty of times you don't even have to leave your own country to do that.
You don't even have to leave your home town.
Last weekend I experienced a bit of German, American and Indian cultures right here in Central Queensland.
First there was a visit to Oktoberfest in Emu Park.
I have been to this event a number of times over the years, and this year especially I noticed there were as many people embracing the German fashion as much as the German beer.
There were lederhosen and dirndl as far as the eye could see.
A difference this year was the addition of a few witches and scary creatures seeking a bit of ghoulish fun for Halloween.
When we got home we had a visit from a number of little doorknockers doing a bit of trick-or-treating.
I had expected one or two kids at the door, but to see more than a dozen grinning little faces dressed up in their costumes, watched on by their equally grinning (and also dressed up) parents, was a fun surprise.
To end the night we headed off to the Diwali Milan and Bollywood Bonanza in Rockhampton.
Diwali, the Indian Festival of the Lights, is described as being the equivalent to their Christmas celebrations.
We watched the performers, we even joined in some of the dances, and relished dining on their traditional food.
I find it crazy that so many people are critical of "Aussies" celebrating the "American" tradition of Halloween on the weekend yet no one complained like that about people taking part in Oktoberfest or Diwali.
Is it a case of critics picking and choosing the appropriate cultural entertainment?
Growing up, my family immersed ourselves in other cultures in different regions.
As adults our family has also grown multiculturally, bringing in English, Brazilian and South African cultures to the mix.
Australia as a whole is growing more and more in cultural diversity.
Why can't we embrace all the different cultures in our midst?
After all I am, you are, we are Australian.