South Asia Culture Café

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From the peaks of the Himalayas to the shores of the Indian Ocean, the cultures of six South Asian countries will be represented and celebrated at an event sponsored by Columbia Association (CA) and the Howard County Library System.

The South Asia Culture Café will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library system’s Miller Branch, located at 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. It is the latest in a series that has also included culture cafés for West Africa, Latin America and East Asia.

“The idea is to share the diversity that we have here in Columbia and Howard County,” said Laura Smit, CA’s program manager for international exchange and multicultural programs. “We want to foster a greater understanding, appreciation and respect for international cultures, and promote opportunities for residents to develop relationships with those from different backgrounds.”

The free event isn’t just for those from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but also for anyone interested in South Asian culture. Families are invited to enjoy these cultures during an afternoon of displays, dance performances, henna tattoos, music and children’s stories. South Asian snacks and drinks will be provided.

Families can pick up a “Culture Café Passport” upon arrival and complete it for door prizes. For more information, call 410-715-3162.


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