Sunday, March 3, 2024

Sunday Events


Two interesting events for your Sunday:

1. A pre-Ramadan Bazaar

Ayesha’s Closet presents a Pre-Ramadan Bazaar at the Double Tree Hilton in Columbia, today from 11 am to 7 pm. The event promises “Indian/Pakistani/Ladies/Men & Kid's Clothing/Saree/Jewelry/Henna Artist and much more.” 

If you don’t know how to get to the Double Tree in Columbia I’m not surprised. It’s one of those “hiding in plain sight” places. From Route 175 you’ll turn onto Thunder Hill Road where the Walgreens is located. Take your first right turn at Twin Knolls. That will take you where you need to go.

I wrote a little bit about pre-Ramadan bazaars last year if you have the time for additional info.

2. A traditional Turkish food festival 

MARTI - - the Maryland Association of Turkish American Inhabitants - - presents a traditional Turkish Food Festival today from 10 am to 4 pm at their Columbia location: 9115 Guilford Road. In case you get lost, this is the building you are looking for.

Take a look at the culinary delights they’ll be serving up.

I did not know anything about MARTI so I went to their website. 

The Maryland Turkish American Inhabitants is a nonprofit and non-politically affiliated organization founded in 2003. MARTI strives to serve the local community’s social, spiritual, cultural, and educational needs through various activities or programs. Many of our activities build intercultural and interfaith bridges in our community through dialogue and solidarity. As MARTI, we take steps to aid in developing peace and unity in communities throughout Maryland as one of our fundamental goals. We believe that our programs and social gatherings contribute to creating friendship and unification to whomever we serve.

Wow. So they have been there for over twenty years and I have been completely oblivious. I am glad to be learning something new about my own community. Bonus information - - I went through school at a time when the teaching of geography was going out of fashion. I am embarrassed to admit this, but I cannot visualize a map of Turkey in my head. So I had to look it up.

Image from Google Maps 

My ignorance is compounded by the history and social studies education I received which largely focused on what is called “Western Civilization.” There are big gaps in my knowledge of the world and its inhabitants.  Who knows, perhaps the new East Columbia 50+ center will offer an entertaining and engaging course in World Geography. It’s never too late, right? 

Have a great Sunday!

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