March 27, 2017


Ilias Papadimitriou

1. Barong Dance

The Barong play represents a fight between good spirit and evil spirit. Barong is a mythological animal that represent a good spirit and Rangda is a mythological monster that represent an evil. The Barong Dance is probably the most well-known dance in Bali, Indonesia. Barong dance is performed when there is illness or misfortune in the village and there is therefore intended to dispel this “evil forces”.

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2. Wayang Kulit ( shadow puppet show )

Wayang kulit is a traditional puppet shadow play found in the culture of Java, Bali, and Lombok, Indonesia. Wayang kulit is among the best known, offering a unique combination of ritual, lesson and entertainment on our daily life as a human being.


Xizhe Sun

Chinese Spring festival

1. Cleaning and Purchasing
Chinese always clean every corner of the house, it is a tradition. After cleaning, people always buy some new clothes. This behavior means people are getting ready for a new start.

2. Pasting the “Fu”
The character “Fu”, meaning good fortune or happiness, is used to express people’s good wishes and yearning for the future, so people usually paste it gates or some furniture in the house during the Chinese New Year.

3. Red Envelope
Red Envelope, is prepared for children by adults and the elderly and given after the reunion dinner. In folk culture, the children will live safe and sound for the whole year if they get lucky money.


Rishab Khanna

Food culture of india

The traditional food of India has been widely appreciated for its fabulous use of herbs and spices. Indian cuisine is known for its large assortment of dishes. The cooking style varies from region to region and is largely divided into South Indian & North Indian cuisine.

Bangali food- Bengali cuisine is appreciated for its fabulous use of panchphoron, a term used to refer to the five essential spices, namely mustard, fenugreek seed, cumin seed, aniseed, and black cumin seed.

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Gujarati Food
The traditional Gujarati food is primarily vegetarian and has a high nutritional value. The typical Gujarati thali consists of varied kinds of lip smacking dishes.
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Mughlai Cuisine
Mughlai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines, whose origin can be traced back to the times of Mughal Empire.
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Punjabi Food: The cuisine of Punjab has an enormous variety of mouth-watering vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes.
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South Indian Cuisine
The traditional food of South India is mainly rice based. The cuisine is famous for its wonderful mixing of rice and lentils to prepare yummy lip smacking dosas, vadas, idlis and uttapams.

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In Class Writing – Mar27

Qinfen Chen’s essay (Flora)

From her response, the main idea that she is trying to convey is how the essence of culture always strive to a positive purpose in life. She mentioned that in Chinese culture, it is a common phenomenon where the grandparents take responsibility for their grandchildren, and the parents are responsible for making money and fulfill their children’s live expenses. She also mentioned the contrast between new and old generation in terms of ways of thinking. She believes that as a new generation, we should set aside our selfish thought on life and we should always learn the moral values that our elders taught us, which are kindness and hardworking attitude to become a better person in our life. Personally, I think it is a really good way of thinking, knowing that every culture has their own essential values. In this modern age, those aspects can also be a reminder for us that we should never forget where we came from, because family and cultural aspects shaped us as a character, but most importantly, those aspects always lead us to a better purpose in life.