Happy Easter everybody!! For me, Easter is pretty much a whole weekend starting with Good Friday until Easter Monday. I may hang out with my friends throughout the long weekend, but once I get home it's a flurry of cooking, egg dyeing, and chocolate munching.

In my family, my relatives (as well as myself) have a bit of everything, everyone and are from everywhere. As a Canadian  girl of Afro-Greek descent, my holiday traditions are a bit all over the place.  I dye/paint eggs, have a mini Easter egg hunt, eat lamb and play tsougrisma (τσούγκρισμα), which is basically a game oegg tapping.

But when I think about it, I feel like Easter is one of those holidays that varies from family to family. Some people love to keep up the family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation while others are fine with going downtown to watch the Easter parade. At the end of the day, whatever works for you and allows you to enjoy some quality family time is great with me.

That is one reason why I love living in Canada, multiculturalism. I know that Canada, especially Toronto, is one of the most multicultural places in the world. All you have to do is head downtown and you are immediately immersed in a world filled with different people of diverse backgrounds, all with their own story to tell. I don't even have to go that far, I can just call (yes, I still use my cell for that purpose) one of my friends.

Simply talking with them allows me to get an insight into other cultures way of celebrating the same holiday. After a few minutes of  listening to their tales and sharing my own, I am able to get a relative feel for their own culture therefore learning a bit more about the world around me.

I have mentioned before how I love to learn. Whether its languages, useless facts or a new joke, I jump at any chance to learn something new, especially if it's fun. So what's more fun than learning about our own home? Earth and its inhabitants. And I believe that the best way to learn about our planet and about us is to go out and experience it. Why not try doing a summer student exchange? This way you can learn a new subject while you learn about a new group of people and way of life. Or since its summertime (exchanges can be a bit pricey), check out your town's local listings to see if there any events going on. For example, every so often I go to the Salsa Festival to immerse myself in the Latin culture. There're tons of great food like churros and DANCING!

Multiculturalism is also very important because as our world becomes more and more connected thanks to technology and etc., it means that we are now able to communicate with more people than ever before! So making an effort to learn a bit about another country's culture or way of life, is a great first step towards making the world a better place.

Do you live in a multicultural place?