There are many different cultures around the world.
Every culture is unique, but closely linked to the other cultures that surround it. People must take care to preserve their history while acting inclusively towards others, respecting their differences. It is a delicate balance that takes great care to maintain.
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In Canada we have two national languages: French and English. However, many Canadians also speak a number of other languages from around the world.
Currently there are roughly 6,500 languages spoken around the world with some of them having fewer then 1000 people that speak them. Interestingly, the most popular language spoken in the world is Mandarin Chinese.
While western foods may center around French fries and a burger, this is not the local foods of every culture in the world.
In places like Japan, where they have access to more fish then beef, sushi is commonplace. Although the potato may be very popular in the west, rice is much more common in Asian countries. Food then is an extension of a local culture, reflecting the resources available to the people.
Christmas and Valentines day may be some of the favorite traditions celebrate in Canada. In other cultures many different traditions are celebrated every year.
All over the world, people of Hindu, Sikh and Janis decent celebrate every year with a 5-day light festival called Diwali. In Canada, we celebrate New Years on December 31. In China, the New Year is celebrated in February. All culture have their own traditions that may differ from our own and that make them unique.
Questions About Culture
- What are the differences between Canadian culture and other cultures around the world?
- Why do different cultures celebrate different holidays and speak different languages?
- How do cultures develop and change over time?
- How does sharing cultures benefit people?
Resources for Grades K-6
Curious about how children live in other parts of the world? Use Cultures for Kids to explore different countries.
Source: Explore and More
Global Kids Oz is an information and resource rich website built on the foundation of a critical need for a more mutliculturally understanding society.
Source: Global Kids OZ
Readings, discussion questions, and assignments that teach students about culture and globalization. Source: Globalization101
Resources for Grades 7-12
SABA F. SAFDAR is an Iranian-born Canadian-educated Associate Professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
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