By Yash Sharma
PICKERING: On Saturday, February 9, there was something more delicious than a chocolate raspberry torte topped with hazelnut creme being served at Pickering High School, Ajax.
Yes, it was a mesmerizing blend of Chinese culture and some peppy Punjabi Bhangra. The evening was celebrated as Chinese New Year and yet again it was none other than the International students of Durham College who made a lasting impression on the crowd.
This team of students, also known as “DC Punjabis” have been quite determined to put their best foot forward as they were seen practising for this event since weeks on the campus.
Having chosen some of the most grooving tracks for their performance, they filled this evening with fever and excitement. The team strongly believes in spreading a message of peace and harmony and feel community events like these go a long way in bringing the diverse population of Durham Region close to each other. It also acts as a platform for international students to meet new people and share their cultural values.
It was none other than Ms. Shashi Bhatia, chairperson for the Indo-Canadian Cultural Association of Durham, who encouraged these students to display their talent and be a part of the community to celebrate Chinese New Year. The ICCAD is also a community partner with Durham College and is making efforts on a consistent basis to enhance the overall student experience in the community.
This fusion of Indian and Chinese cultures made a big impact, both on the students and adults who were a part of this event. Not to forget our strong connection with the Chinese community who have also been a part of India for over five hundred years
As Durham Region witnesses a high influx of international students every year, it seems there is a growing need for such gatherings where everyone can learn about various cultures from across the globe. DC Punjabis made an outstanding public appearance this time and everyone is rather keen to watch them perform once again.
Now this is what I call concluding a day on a sweet note!
(Yash Sharma is an international student at Durham College)