Cultural norms and differences that serve to create harmony
What Do We All Do?Eat Communicate Sleep (Dream) Wear Clothes
How are we different? What can we learn about each other?
My family is from Ghanaand we still practice ourcustoms. We eat foods like Fufu, Jell-Off rice, Banco, Whatchey, Plantain and much more.
My aunt brought material , from Ghana, with this type of pattern for my mum so that she could sew a dress for me. I may wear it to church or family celebrations.The traditional cloth for Ghanaian people is bright andcolourful kente cloth. A close family, being part of our community and education are still very important parts of our Ghanaian culture.
My ancestors were Irish. Although wedon’t really practice a lot of the Irishcultural traditions, my family likes toplay a game called ‘Slamdunk’. Theaim of the game: whoever puts a kingor queen down first and says“Slamdunk” wins two cards. St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was said to have brought Christianity to Ireland. The national emblem of Ireland is the Shamrock. St Patrick used the three leaves to explain how the Trinity of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit could exist as separate parts of the whole being. We celebrate St Patrick’s day by decorating our house in green.
My ancestors are from India and my family practices Hinduism. It’s theworld’s oldest, existing religion. We just celebrated Diwali, the festival oflights, which lasts for five days. Our house was lit up with small oil lamps.We exchanged gifts like Indian sweets, snacks or candles.On ordinary days, my mum cooks the traditional food of curries, withbread, chappatis or rice.We go to the Mandir; a place of worship for Hindus. I wear clothingappropriate for it so that means NO JEANS!As a family, we watch Bollywood movies (Traditional Indian movies) andlisten to Bollywood songs.
Although we don’t really practice a lot of the Scottishtraditions, every Sunday all of my family help my mum tocook a roast dinner then we sit down together round thedinner table and eat it and each week we have a differenttype of meat.St. Andrew was one ofChrists twelve apostles. The X-shaped saltirecross upon which St.Andrew wassupposedly crucifiedhas been the Scottishnational symbol.My family celebrate StAndrews day by puttingthe Scottish flag in thefront window.
My ancestors were traditional Irish travellers. They were NOT homeless people but a separate, distinct, proud culture with their own language, standards and traditions. They had their own language called Cant, Gammon or Shelta.Even though we are not travellers, I would like to find out moreabout my family.
I am half Turkish-Cypriot becausemy dad is full Turkish-Cypriot andmy mum is full English.Whenever we go to mygrandmother’s house for a BBQ,we usually have lots of Turkishfood such as: rice wrapped in vineleaves, Helim Cheese insidesome batter like wrap, and wealso have that with meat stuffedinside. My favourite is calledKofte which is basically a cookedcold meat ball.
My culture is Punjabi and we practice Sikhism. We greeteach other by saying ‘"sat sri akal"Showing respect for others is very important in our culture. I respect my elders by always saying ‘Ji’ at the end ofsomeones title, For example, I call my parents mummy Ji,papa Ji and I call my grandparents mama Ji and baba Ji. Family is also very important in our culture so in my home there live three generations: my grandparents, my parents, my brother and I. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and all types of occasions as one big family unit.
One of the customs I practice is that I tie a Rakhri (String bracelet) around my brother ‘s wrist. It represents the bond between us as brother and sister and also this means that he has the responsibility of protecting me. We attend a lot offunctions and festivalsat the Gurdwara ( ourplace of worship)We just celebratedDiwali ( The festival oflights)As a sign of respect, Ihave to wear thetradition clothing.
My grandmother and Chapattis ( Nan)mum make traditionalfoods such as: Daal ( Lentils) Vegetable Curries Samosas Pani Puris Pakoras ( Onion Bajis)
Britain is full of customs and traditions.Traditional British food has been based on beef, lamb, pork,chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and oneother vegetable. Typical foods eaten in Britain include: fishand chips, pork pies and cornish pasties and roasts dinners.Some dishes have strange names like Bubble and Squeak andToad in the Hole.
Education is very important part of British culture. I attendDanson Primary School. We all wear a uniform so thatmeans that we are all equal.Children begin studying in primary education at the age offive until they are eleven. Then they move to secondaryschool, there they stay until they reach sixteen, seventeen oreighteen years of age.
Britain is a country that is very reserved. In England we like to form orderly queues (standing in line) and wait for our turn e.g. boarding a bus. Queue jumping is frowned upon. If someone is blocking my way and I would like them to move, I just say excuse me please. I learnt from an early age that it is good manners to say "please" and "thank you". It is considered rude if you dont. You will notice in England that we say thank you a lot. We might use slang words like ‘Ta’.
In Britain, we keep animals in our homes. We call them pets.The animals that we usually keep are cats and dogs. I havefive cats. We look after them, give them food and water andwe care for them. Other pets that we keep are horses ( kept ina stable on a farm), hamsters, fish, rabbits and guinea pigs.
I am part Australian. Australia has no official religion; there is an atmosphere of religious freedom. People chose a religion which suits them provided they don’t break the law. However, 60% of the Australian population choose to be Christian.There are many people in Australia, but the most famousare the Aborigines; of their pictures they make by puttingpaint on edge of sticks and pushing the paint paper orwood.
I had a lot of the same food that Ieat in Britain but the mostinteresting things I tried wereShark, Kangaroo and Crocodilemeat…… delicious!!!
Like football here, Aussie rulesfootball is the most popular sportto play and watch. The game, which you play on acricket pitch, is a bit like rugby.However, when you tackle it has tobe between the waist andshoulders. If the oval shaped ball iskicked whoever catches it hasmade a mark, which means theycan kick or run. If they chose to runthey can get tackled, but untilthey’ve made up their mind theycannot get tackled. A team is madeup of 18 players. When they couldscore they can kick it over the postsor score over the try line. To passthey hit the ball out of their handwith the other hand.
My CulturesEnglish , Jamaican and American I practice ALL three cultures!
English people have different religions. It is also a verypopular place for tourists because of Big Ben and manyother buildings. It is very popular around the worldfor it’s capital; London. The traditional food is porkand turkey at Christmas (the birth of God’s son).Britain’s population is over 55 million. A lot ofcountries have followed the language of English andmany countries speak it.
Jamaica is very well known for it’s beaches andsunshine. Jamaica has a population of over 2 millionpeople. Its capital is Kensington and has a whoopingpopulation of over 800 thousand people. They speakEnglish and most are Christian. Their favourite foodis Jerk chicken and like to drink Ginger beer.
America’s current president is Barack Obama.Although they practise a lot of different cultures, they ALLpledge allegiance to one flag. It is a very popular place fortourists for its famous buildings. They play different sportsto us like baseball, basketball and American football. Thetalk and eat the same way as we do. Britain and Americahave a lot in common.