People of many ethnicities, cultures and religions gathered to celebrate their differences and teach each other about them. The 18th annual Interfaith/Intercultural Day drew more than 500 people to the Hatfield Hall in the Madera District Fairgrounds.
Eight long rows of tables, side by side, were lined on one end of the hall where exhibitors showed clothes, artifacts, art and photo displays. The presenters also gave away treats and samples of traditional foods. Almost every continent was represented by natives of different countries in the Thursday celebration put on by the Madera Coalition for Community Justice.
World-known and less recognized faiths were also showcased. Community organizations took part by distributing information about their programs and services.
Lance Canales represented Native American nations by playing the flute, members of the Madera Islamic Center did a chant and several folkloric groups showed dances from different Mexican regions. A fashion show featured traditional garments from Peru, Mexico, Bolivia and Nepal. Students from the Madera Child Development Center, which is run by the coalition, sang...