Curious

What is culture?

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Culture refers to the behaviors, habits, and traditions shared by a group of people. People who share the same culture can be linked by where they live, what religion they practice, where their families have come from, and more!

Culture is made up of behaviors and practices that we learn from our surroundings. Culture affects lots of things in the world around us, such as types of food, styles of clothing, and ways of speaking. It might also play a role in what holidays are observed, or how they are observed!

Because people have such interesting and varied backgrounds, there are lots of really cool cultural differences out there! It's important to be open-minded and accepting of different cultures, since everyone is entitled to practice, celebrate, or believe in whatever they would like, so long as what they do doesn't hurt anyone else.

Learning about different cultures can be pretty fun it can mean enjoying yummy new foods, learning about people's unique histories, trying out special outfits, and participating in interesting games or observances!

(by Mya Kagan)

Exploration

Culture Fest!

Get together some of your friends and family, and have them hold a Cultural Festival together!Ask them each to bring something that represents a culture they are part of. It can be anything from a special food, to a meaningful painting or book, to a hat worn for a certain holiday or a particular type of weather!What are some of the things you learned from the different cultures present? How many different cultures were in the room -- were you able to count an exact number, or did any of them overlap a little bit? Would you like to try introducing something from one of the other cultures into your own life??

Further Information

Different countries have different customs: When traveling to foreign countries you might encounter some unexpected surprises. Do some research about toilets around the world - just to figure out one example of cultural differences.