Upcoming Event - One Day On Earth: Adventures Of A Mongolian Globetrotter
Something cool is happening in Toronto - Amai Mongol is visiting for a few days before his departure this Friday! He is a first Mongol to travel the world in this way, as a modern BADARACHIN – following this ancient Mongolian tradition, a kind of mission when a young man, who has certain skills and education, and is matured enough, takes a bag and two sticks and go for a long trip. His task would be to go by foot, to walk through various difficulties, experience pain and collect knowledge and experiences, and than, after some time, to get back to his people and tell them what he has learned.
Canada is the 86th country he is visited in 9 years. His plan was to visit at least 150 countries and 6 continents before he gets back to Mongolia, a journey he embarked on the 4th of November 2005 – a trip around the world.
“For many years we haven’t heard of badarchines, like this tradition has vanished. I wanted to renew this tradition and to investigate possibilities of travelling for Mongolian people, thus giving the opportunity to my people, specially our youth, to go to foreign countries. I write about all countries I see along the way, from Mongolian point of view – about the people who live there and about what a Mongolian traveller could expect there. I am trying to compare all those countries with Mongolia and their cultures with ours.” says Amai.
Mongolia is last nomad civilisation in the World. Soviet Union tried to erase that culture for 70 years, but such a long and rich history couldn’t be erased during two or three generations.
“People of other cultures come from cultures of cities. That is not in Mongolian tradition, but now, especially because of globalisation, Mongolia has to put together both those traditions.” says Amai.
You can read more about Amai around the world traveler here on FB or on his official blog, www.amai.mn
CMCC and Friends participated in the Nevruz Spring festival in Toronto on April 5th and were revisited by Ruth Lor Malloy, who is a devoted enthusiast of all things multicultural. She attended our Art Exhibition in September as well and had much things to say.
Ruth writes: I especially wanted to go to one of my favourites, the Nevruz Spring Festival at the Nile Academy. This festival is great because it has representatives from many different countries, all in one place. It was a chance to add to my collection of photos of the different cultures that we have in Toronto. I expected them all to be Turkic speaking.
I had challenged my Blog readers to identify the 17 flags in the Nevruz poster. (See Blog 450 at torontomulticulturalcalendar.com.) This was mainly because I couldn’t identify them myself. I decided to concentrate on the flags at this fair. The set-up at the different tables was ideal. Each of the cultures or countries had a flag on the wall behind its collection of symbols, arts and crafts. Some had sample food, either free or for sale.
The first country table visited was Mongolia. A student and a representative of the Canada-Mongolia Chamber of Commerce were there. I remembered Mongolia as a Buddhist country. What was it doing at a primarily Muslim festival? Uighurs live in the far west of Mongolia, they said. Uighurs are Muslim and Turkic speaking. I should have remembered them and the Kazaks. The Mongolians were showing a Mongolian flag, not a Uighur or Kazak flag. And Genghis Khan was there.
About Ruth Lor Malloy
She is behind TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com. She is a travel writer and photographer, born in Canada with an obsession to experience the whole world. She was brought up in a Chinese restaurant family in eastern Ontario, and has lived for extended periods in the U.S., the Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, India, Taiwan, and Thailand. She has also lived in Japan, Mexico and Brasil. From 1975 to 2002, she published a series of 14 guide books on China. She has also published guide books on Beijing and Hong Kong, and helped with one on Almaty. Her self-guided, downloadable photo tours on the Calgary Stampede, the Quebec Winter Carnival, The World in Toronto, and Toronto’s Many Chinatowns are available from VisualTravelTours.com. This company has also published her tours on Botswana, Mongolia and Helsinki.
Ruth’s travel articles have appeared in publications like the Asian Wall St. Journal, Copley News Service, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, and Globe and Mail. Her aim is to bring people of different backgrounds together as friends with an appreciation of each others’ cultures. She believes one of the ways this can be done in Toronto is to encourage visits to each other’s festivals. Her calendar lists free or nearly free events that provide such opportunities.