Danish Red Cross and asylum seekers arranged a great and fun carnival for the children – but it is also a good way to share different cultures, both asylum seekers and Danish citizens say.
By: Elia Faraj
Danish Red Cross organized a carnival for the children and their parents at the asylum center in Helsingør. It is a fun day with plenty of candy, games and magic, but it is also a day to share care, happiness and culture. Per a Danish citizen says: “ I think it is wonderful, to see asylums accepting our culture and way of living.
Both fun and cultural exchange
Asylum seekers at Helsingør center, where very active by having different roles and building a team, which is managed by the Elia Faraj: “Our team, both men and women, are organized and want to take place and have a serious role in sharing different cultures”.
Taking role and adding some ideas enrich this combination between western and eastern cultures. Mostly people don’t have much information about each other, adds Sara, who is an asylum seeker at the Helsingør center: “This is the only way, we need to share with the Danish society, cultural and positive view ”.
What is Fastalavn?
‘Fastelavn’ is the name for carnival in Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Fastelavn evolved from the Roman Catholic traditions after Denmark became a Protestant nation and the holiday became less specifically religious. This holiday occurs seven weeks before Easter Sunday and is sometimes described as a Nordic Halloween, where children dress up in costumes and gather treats from neighbors. The holiday is generally considered to be a time for children’s fun and family games.