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United Nations World Cultural Diversity Day

May 21st, celebrate World Cultural Diversity and Dialogue Development Day

Make every day a day to embrace cultural diversity and engage in inclusion.

10 simple things you can do to celebrate.
1. Visit an art exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
2. Invite a family or people in the neighborhood from another culture or religion to share a meal with you and exchange views on life.
3. Rent a movie or read a book from another country or religion than your own.
4 Invite people from a different culture to share your customs.
5. Read about the great thinkers of other cultures than yours (e.g. Confucius, Socrates, Avicenna, Ibn Khaldun, Aristotle, Ganesh, Rumi).
6. Go next week-end to visit a place of worship different than yours and participate in the celebration.
7. Play the “stereotypes game.” Stick a post-it on your forehead with the name of a country. Ask people to tell you stereotypes associated with people from that country. You win if you find out where you are from.
8. Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures; learn more about Hanukkah or Ramadan or about amazing celebrations of New Year’s Eve in Spain or Qingming festival in China.
9. Spread your own culture around the world through the United Nations Facebook page and learn about other cultures.
10. Explore music of a different culture.

Library Resources

  • Find links on our website to DIVERSITY (Groups and Organizations).
  • At the Circulation desk, see the binder called “MULTICULTURAL” listing writers from around the world, and titles of books in English translated from another language.
  • World Language and Literacy Collection has books and DVDs for adults and children representing more than 42 languages.
  • Check out books and DVDs on travel and on the cultural heritage of other lands.  International music on CD. Find movies in our Film Movement Series collection.
  • If English is not your first language, see our website in several other languages. Click “Select a Language” at the end of Popular Searches on our home page. Learn another language with a free account to Duolingo.

Resources on the Web