Holidays Around the World- BCT Year-End Party

BCT End of Year Party
 Holidays Around the World – BCT Year-End Party
By Claire Zamarreno and Azura Rubio

The Basel Children’s Trust (BCT) held its annual year-end party, “Holidays Around the World”, on a recent Saturday afternoon. The event took place at the Launch Labs in Basel Stadt. It provided a chance for families to catch up at the start of the current festive season.

It was lovely to see various BCT members there.

The volunteers outdid themselves, setting up numerous exciting booths representing nine countries. The guests enjoyed going around the world. Especially the children who got their special passports stamped at each station.

There were exciting craft projects to complete and varying traditions to learn.

For instance, children and grown-ups created masks to celebrate Saint Barbera from Lebanon and played Dreidel for Chanukah. They also arranged a Rangoli and made a diva lamp for Diwali, observed annually in India. There were also Maslentisa Scarecrows from Russia and Luminarias from New Mexico to construct.  Oranges sat waiting for crafters to transform them into Pomanders like in Hungary. The intrepid travellers were fortunate to sample food from around the world that included a dessert from Puerto Rico (Tembleque).  All were welcome to try festive Swiss refreshments.

Feeling Lucky.

The BCT feels fortunate to have such a diverse group of families willing to share their traditions and customary holidays at the year-end party. And to receive a visit from a special guest at the event. Surprise! Santa took time out from his busy North Pole to come and hand out goodie bags to the children.

Merci, Danke, Gracias,  Spasibo, Shukran, Dhanyavaad, Toda, Thank You.

Thank you, Abby, Morgan, Amanda, and Su, for organising the party. And to the fabulous volunteers who set up their unique stalls and assisted at the event. The BCT is grateful to ELA Basel and Drei Käse Hoch for sponsoring the event. And to Ahead With English for its continuous support.