A Celebration of World Cultures at a Galway Christmas

The annual Christmas party at my workplace is unique and it is something that I love helping to coordinate. For it is a wonderful vibrant celebration of the cultures and ethnic traditions of the people that happily work together at our university institute.
The taste, quality and variety of traditional foods on offer are consistently top class. As always so many volunteers do so much cooking/baking to ensure that all attendees enjoy an array of exotic tasty sweets, cakes and deserts.

As well as the food there was live music, dance, videos and posters from across the globe.
This year we had exhibits from fourteen countries/regions (Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, France, Ireland, India, Mediterranean, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Syria and samples of foods from Greece, Kurdistan, Lebanon and Slovenia).

Then there is the 'Greenscreen', the ‘Open Mike’, the ‘Giving Tree’ (gifts to local people in need), the Best/Worst Jumper Competition and a real live very jolly Santa (aka Niall O'Brolchain).
If only the rest of humanity got on as well as all the nations of the world at DSI/Insight NUI Galway! We must be what the United Nations aspires too and what governments need to emulate if the world is to work together to make a sustainable future for all forms of life.

Photo shows (clockwise the stands from Brazil, France, Ireland and Poland).
Nollaig Shona agus Áthbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh (Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to all).

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