The day began with a barbecue accompanied with Indian delicacies, for instance byriani, samosas or lemon rice. Before the competitions, the first brushstroke was made on our collective painting. A sitar player and an Indian mask were the first drawings on this piece of art depicting Sita. From the kids’ abstract art to the adults’ naïve art, the canvas got fuller and fuller along the afternoon until becoming a real masterpiece.
Meanwhile, the competitions took place. The first one was the “fusion” cooking competition. The two contestants made a Quebec curry poutine and Italian ghee and cashew cookies. Before the deliberation came the long-waited tasting of the kids cooking competition’s chocolate cakes. The fudge muffins got the jury’s favor. As for the fusion cooking, it was impossible to choose between the two contestants as they both made audacious choices; Italy and Canada both won the first place.
Cooking competitions weren’t even over that it was time to begin the Kolam competition. While the children were drawing with rice powder, we recruited among the adults four Carrom board teams. The contestants, some of them very new to the game, were focused. And yet, the final match had a twist. The black team still had all its coins on the board when the white team put its last white coin in a hole before the red coin was out, which gave the victory to the other team.
As the winners were discussing about the trophy’s spell of duty, the marbles competition had already started in the garden. All the teams showed a lot of skill to get to the finish line, avoiding all the obstacles.
After all these competitions, it was time to squirt more painting on the collective work of art as a conclusion to the Anniversary. This day, full of “competitions”, has been an opportunity to discover a little bit more the Indian culture, and it allowed some of the participants to discover new aspects of this culture; would it be by mixing the cultures and the savors or by participating for the first time to a Carrom board match. We were glad to share this moment of discovery and distraction with all the persons who came and we hope this Anniversary is just the first of many.