This past weekend, the girls and I visited 30 countries in one day. Nope, that’s not a typo…30 countries in one day! We were at the City of Jacksonville’s 2011 World of Nations festival exploring different cultures, food and dancing. This annual event is the perfect way to introduce children to other cultures and an understanding of the world, all while getting a World of Nations passport stamped at each country.
I had planned all week to get there in time for the naturalization ceremony on Saturday morning, where over 50 people were sworn in as United States citizens. Sadly, juggling two babies is sometimes harder than you think…we got there too late. However, I saw many of our newest citizens enjoying the festival – with radiant smiles on their faces. What an amazing feeling that must be – I’m determined to get there in time next year to see it!
Each of the countries represented had its own area – filled with entertainment, along with food and native items for sale. If you leave this festival hungry, then it’s definitely your own fault. There were so many dishes to choose from for lunch – many of them I couldn’t even begin to pronounce. I assure you that they all looked and smelled delicious! And in true toddler fashion, the only thing Maggie wanted? French fries.
After a hearty lunch, it was time for the Parade of Flags! A representative from each country proudly carries their country‘s flag and welcomes festival-goers with a greeting in their native language. The colors of the costumes and flags were so beautiful.
The World of Nations festival was a great way to spend the day with my girls. And while they may be too young to understand it now, it’s going to be a regular event in our house. It’s a fantastic place to have fun with your kids and sneak a some education in at the same time!
Do you have an event similar to the World of Nations in your city? What country would you like to visit?
**I received complimentary tickets to the World of Nations. The thoughts/opinions here are my own and not influenced by others.**