Passport To The World: Cultural Program Series

From the Argentinian Tango Festival to Diwali Festival of Lights to a Chinese New Year Celebration join us in celebrating cultures from around the world in our year-long Passport To The World: Cultural Program Series! Each program will provide engaging, interactive and hands-on opportunities that will help to promote global literacy and foster tolerance and inclusion of different traditions, religions, appearances, languages and art forms.

Passport To The World: Cultural Programs are free with Museum Admission. 

 

Jamhuri Day
Saturday, December 10

This month we are celebrating Kenya’s National Day, the day the country gained full independence from Great Britain in 1963 and officially become a republic one year later on December 12, 1964. Join us in celebrating Jamhuri Day at The Magic House with dance and singing performances by local Kenyan youth groups.


Chinese New Year
Saturday, January 21

Happy Lunar New Year! In China, 2023 is the year of the Rabbit – symbolizing good luck, mercy, elegance and beauty. Join us in celebrating the new year with art and dance to invite good luck into the new year.

The St. Louis Modern Chinese School is a non-profit dedicated
to providing children
of all ages and cultural backgrounds avenues for learning Chinese language, arts, and culture through programs that teach calligraphy, hand crafts, song, dance and more.


Chinese Lantern Festival
Saturday, February 11

This month we continue to celebrate China as the New Year celebrations come to a close and the Lantern Festival begins! During the festival, lanterns symbolize good fortune and a release of the past in order to welcome
the future. This time of year, many homes in China are decorated in lanterns, often embellished with riddles for children to solve. Join us in the festivities and create your own lantern to celebrate!

The St. Louis Modern Chinese School is a non-profit dedicated to providing children of all ages and cultural backgrounds avenues for learning Chinese language, arts, and culture through programs that teach calligraphy, hand crafts, song, dance and more.


Holi Festival
Saturday, March 11

Holi, the Spring Festival of India, welcomes the joy of new beginnings, symbolizes the win of good over evil, and brings people of diverse backgrounds together to celebrate as one community. Celebrate the Festival of Colors with a color-throwing experience!

Gayathri Seetharaman is a teaching artist whose creations reflect beauty and subtlety of Indian folk art. Pratima Murali is a certified teaching artist whose art is inspired
by Indian folk art and nature. Shilpa Rao is a certified teaching artist whose work reflects her affinity towards symmetry and patterns inspired by her Indian heritage.


German Easter
Saturday, April 8

Frohe Ostern! Germans have been dying and decorating eggs for centuries, originally used for many different festivals and celebrations. Today, the tradition has become a staple for Easter celebrations where children and families decorate eggs before hanging them on an ostereierbaum, or Easter egg tree! Join us this month in exploring this timeless holiday tradition the German way.

The German Cultural Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster educational and benevolent activities, to preserve and advance the German culture, customs and language, and to cultivate German music, songs and dances, all of which makes up German folklore, tradition and fellowship.


National Children’s Day
Saturday, May 13

Families come together to celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of their children on Japan’s National Children’s Day. On this important day, families in Japan will fly carp-shaped streamers called koinobori to symbolize strength and success for their children. Come celebrate the children in your life!

St. Louis Okinawa Kenjinkai is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Okinawan cultural heritage, traditional music, dance, cuisine, language, and art to the people of St. Louis.