I went to unity day about a month ago. I have to admit, I would not have not gone if it wasn’t for extra credit but after going, I wouldn’t say that it was a waste of time. It was actually pretty interesting. I got to try ginger tea from Saudi Arabia. Now I don’t usually like tea but I actually enjoyed ginger tea. It tasted a lot more sweet than other teas do. It tasted like ginger, big surprise there. I saw a man wearing a Golden Robe from Uzbekistan, it was called a Ton, and it was for ceremonial purposes. I also saw another man wearing a pretty cool shirt called a Kurta, it’s a casual shirt from India. I watched a few different music acts, some I liked, and some I didn’t like but there was two that seem to stand out. I saw a man from Thailand playing an acoustic guitar. The music was real mellow and the guitar riff reminded me of “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd. I then talked to the man after his performance and he explained to me more about the song he had just played. His name was Mu Priaphan. The name of the song was “Home” the song’s meaning is about people living in the Northeast of Thailand trying to find jobs. Also another performance that stood out, not so much to me but I noticed the crowd was really into it, was a Saudi Arabian group. It started out with just one man singing and everyone was silent when he started singing. It broke out into some rap song and there were a lot of people in the crowd clapping along and dancing. It seemed as though many of the Saudi’s knew this song. I had a good time at unity day and it was interesting to see other students in their native clothing, speaking their native language, eating their food, and being around so many other cultures from the world, all in one room. It kind of got me thinking, why can’t our cultures always coexist like this? Unfortunately I do not see this happening in the near future but I would like to believe that one day all our countries will coexist and maybe even be as one. Unity Day reminded me of the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. ” Imagine there’s no counties, it isn’t hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too, imagine all the people, living life in peace” This quote I believe, sums up the real message behind Unity Day.
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