Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Festival of Faiths and Culture--Sept 6

This Saturday is also the Festival of Faiths and Culture held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL (just across the river east of St. Louis). Admission is FREE but food and gifts will be available for purchase. The festival goes from 10am-7pm.

Different groups will be performing throughout the day with dancing and music at indoor and outdoor stages, so don't let the weather stop you! There will also be a children's village with free hands-on activities and crafts. You can learn greetings and key words and phrases in different languages throughout the day in 20 minute sessions occurring on the hour and half-hour, and play games and sports from other countries and cultures at the "World of Fun" exhibit.

The Interfaith Learning Center will have "representatives of Christianity, both Catholic and Protestant, Judaism, Islam, Baha'i, along with a variety of other faiths such as Buddhism and Hinduism bring information as well as symbols used within their faith, and are willing to answer questions. No proselytizing [attempting to convert] is allowed; therefore, visitors can ask questions freely without concern."

Directions to the Festival are here. For more information call 618-397-6700.

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