Bringing Your Child’s Culture Home

In an earlier post I mentioned that with access to the Internet, it’s easier than ever for adoptive parents to introduce children to their birth culture. And while I still believe that’s true, I know that not everyone loves to do research like I do. (Really, I do; it’s weird, I know.) So having a few spare minutes I’ve done searches and come up with sites that might help you.

But before I share my findings, let me give some general tips to help you when you begin your own searches. Two of the easiest ways to introduce birth culture are celebrating that country’s holidays and having items from that country or culture in your home. The links below will direct you to information about various holidays. And it’s not usually too hard to find online stores that have cultural items; I found one for Russian with only a few minutes of searching. Children’s books are also a great way to introduce birth culture; try to find a book of folk tales or stories from your child’s birth culture. Music is another wonderfully distinctive way to celebrate a birth culture.

Hopefully these ideas, and the links below, will make it easier for you make your child’s birth culture a part of your everyday life.

Countries and Their Cultures
This site has lots of information about various countries. The list is alphabetized so it’s easy to find, and the entries contain a variety of information including history, geography, social structure, food, holidays and more.

Food in Every Country
This site has information about food, as well as recipes from various countries.

Kids Culture Center
This site is a virtual heritage camp for adopted kids. Organized by country, it has resources, links, information, and stores. Parts of the site are still under construction, so some countries have more resources than others, but still a good site to bookmark and check for updates.

In addition to the sites listed above, which contain historical info and recipes, these two sites (www.mayaparadise.com and centralamerica.com) both contain great information about the holidays of the country with dates and some info on how they are celebrated.

Two of Guatemala’s holidays are September 15, which is the national holiday to commemorate Guatemala’s independence from Spain in 1821, and All Saints Day, which is celebrated on November 1. All Saints Day is celebrated with unique traditions throughout Guatemala. Giant kites are flown in the cemeteries of Santiago Sacatepéquez and Sumpango near Antiqua Guatemala. Many Guatemalans feast on a traditional food know as fiambre. An unusual horse race is held in Todos Santos Cuchumatán.

The web site for the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston has some great information. The cultural affairs page has info on food, sites, the flag, and the national anthem, while this page has great info on how holidays are celebrated.

Another site with lots of information and an online shop is Russian Crafts.

The calendar on this page is outdated but scroll down and you’ll find information on the Ethiopian holidays and how they are celebrated.

Since Ethiopia uses a different calendar, this site gives you dates for Ethiopian holidays in 2008 and 2009.

And here are a couple of informational sites about Ethiopia www.imperialethiopia.org and www.ethiopiantreasures.co.uk.

I didn’t include Korea on this post because information on Korean culture and resources will be a recurring theme on this site. And I didn’t include China either at this point because it seems that those resources are most prevalent.

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