Na­tions unite for day of peace in Castlemilk

Park cel­e­bra­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Peo­ple from many cul­tures and com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether at Castlemilk Wood­lands to cel­e­brate the In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace.

Eighty-five peo­ple from coun­tries in­clud­ing Cameroon, So­ma­lia, China, In­dia, Pak­istan, Scot­land, Eng­land, Syria, Le­banon, Pales­tine and Tur­key were there to share tra­di­tional snacks, teas, recipes and sto­ries un­der the trees.

Groups con­trib­uted foods and drinks from around the world, such as bobo­los, sam­buzas, stuffed parathas, maamoul, dumplings and tea­cakes.

Rom­ena Huq from Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land said: “The sun broke through the clouds by the time the tea was brewed and many peo­ple sam­pled new tastes, made wil­low peace dec­o­ra­tions and planted flow­ers sym­bol­is­ing peace.

“The com­mu­nity wood­land pro­vided a beau­ti­ful au­tumn back­drop to the cel­e­bra­tion and the smells and tastes of the foods all en­hanced the set­ting for the event. It re­ally was a great day.”

May Fan, leader of the Chi­nese com­mu­nity group, said: “We very much ap­pre­ci­ated be­ing in­vited to join Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land’s event for the World Peace Day.

“All of us thor­oughly en­joyed meet­ing new peo­ple and tast­ing the dif­fer­ent foods and teas from the dif­fer­ent cul­tures.”

The event was held by Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land with sup­port from Cas­sil­toun Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Open Aye.

Multicultural Eighty-five peo­ple from a num­ber coun­tries took part in the event

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