Cultural pursuits in Red Wing explore Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day, Kwanzaa

ProAct participants in Red Wing’s Culture Club talked about Hanukkah and how it is celebrated, making a bulletin board in the process. Individuals colored menorahs and stapled them to a board with descriptions, explains instructor and direct service professional Lori Clemens. Then they made a dreidel, a four-sided top with a Hebrew letter printed on each side. The game is played for gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold foil, candy, nuts or raisins.

The group also learned why and how St. Nicholas Day is celebrated. They made a crafts and descriptions for this as well and attached them to the board. Later, they talked about the Day of Reconciliation in South Africa, the kind of celebrations that take place and where South Africa is on the map.

Additionally, participants learned about Kwanzaa and created a New Year’s celebration board with artwork.