Is today a holiday you may wonder? Well in my book it is the day for celebrating the world's amazing diversity in adherence to the motto that "even though we are different, we are one people." How did such a holiday come into existence? In my high school senior English class, my instructor gave us an interesting assignment to create our own holiday. And being the interculturalist that I am as a new globetrotter at that time, the idea of having a holiday that celebrates the diversity in America and the world appealed to me.
Our teacher gave us complete freedom to be as creative as we wanted to be with this project, which we had to present to the class. It consisted of four parts: a synopsis, colors, physical symbol and legend. I even wrote a poem that expressed the essence of multiculturalism. Here's a brief excerpt of it:
Although we are different, we are one people
Even though your skin is white, and mine is black
We are one people
Just because you live in a better neighborhood than I do
And have wealthy parents
We are one people…
And after we take our last and final breath
To the place of our transcendence,
The only significant thing that would have
Ever mattered was that
We are endlessly one people…
"The Multiculturalism Anthem" is the title of this poem and it exudes the purpose of the holiday in which peace, unity and tolerance are the ruling tenets that can make our planet more inhabitable for all human beings. Now that it is nearly 10 years later since I devised this holiday, my life's work has been devoted thus far to uniting in friendship with people from all over the globe.
I find my deepest contentment in befriending people who are very different from me yet very similar at the same time. Real friendship far exceeds the barriers of color, creed and country. August 1 has been designated as the day for rejoicing in the boundless variety that makes earth such an intriguing place to reside. Won't you celebrate with me?!?!