September 12, 2023

Ethnic Cleveland eNews
September 12, 2023
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month (Mes nacional de la herencia hispana) is annually celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States.

President Lyndon Johnson signed Hispanic Week into law in 1968 and in 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed the law to make it a month. National Hispanic Heritage Month was first proclaimed by President George H. W. Bush on September 14, 1989.

So why begin in the middle of a month?

September 15 was chosen as the starting point because it is the anniversary of the Cry of Dolores, which marked the start of the Mexican War of Independence and thus resulted (in 1821) in independence for the New Spain Colony (now Mexico and the Central American nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua) which became the Federal Republic of Central America.

The 30-day period also includes many dates of importance in the Hispanic community: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their anniversary of independence on September 15; Mexico commemorates its independence on September 16; Chile commemorates its independence on September 18.

As you will see in the Calendar below there are a lot of celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Cleveland.
Jewish High Holy Days
Rosh Hashanah (literally "head of the year") is the Jewish New Year and will be celebrated from sunset on Friday September 15 to nightfall on Sunday September 17. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days and begins a ten-day period of penitence.

The best-known ritual of Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the shofar, a musical instrument made from an animal horn (photo above). While the blowing of the shofar is a Biblical statute, it is also a symbolic "wake-up call", stirring Jews to mend their ways and repent. Eating symbolic foods, such as apples dipped in honey, hoping to evoke a sweet new year, is an ancient tradition recorded in the Talmud.

You can wish your Jewish friends ”Shana tovah” (Good year)

Yom Kippur will begin Sunday, September 24 at sunset and end Monday, September 25. This 'Day of Atonement' is the holiest day in Judaism.

You may wish your Jewish friends “G’mar chatima tovah” (Hebrew for "May you be inscribed (or sealed) for good [in the Book of Life]")
China's Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta
A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art called China's Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta is now open until January 7, 2024. I thought it was terrific. 

This is the first exhibition in the West that focuses on the artistic production and cultural impact of a region located in the coastal area south of the Yangzi River called Jiangnan.

It's a large and diverse exhibition. It features more than 200 objects from Neolithic times to the 18th century, ranging from jade, silk, prints, and paintings to porcelain, lacquer, and bamboo carvings. I have a lot of favorites like this 9’ hanging scroll with a portrait of Kangxi from 1622 (Qing dynasty). (photo below). See more photos and my coverage.
You know that I like to have Fun with Maps. So when I noticed a few interesting maps in two of the exhibits at CMA I had to do a quick special episode of Fun with Maps. The first part is a very quick walkthrough of an exhibit called “A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur.” 
Udaipur is a city of the state of Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the ''City of Lakes.'' Around 1700, artists in Udaipur began creating immersive paintings that convey the mood (bhava) of the city’s palaces, lakes, and mountains. These large paintings and their emphasis on lived experience have never before been the focus of an exhibition. Thank you CMA!

Then I quickly went through the new exhibit and looked at the map of Jiangnan. This region has throughout large parts of its history been one of the wealthiest, most populous, and fertile lands. Watch below.
Ukrainian Village Parade and Festival
We finally have the pages finished about the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio parade and event to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. Here is the Festival page with photos and videos.

It’s 30 minutes long but the video of the Parade (below) might be interesting to you.
What we are working on
We are still catching up with all the One World Day pictures and videos and also are hard at work on our coverage of some other great events such as Pleibol, benefiting the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center and the Baseball Heritage Museum at Historic League Park. Yes, that’s Cleveland Indians great Carlos Baerga with young ladies from Julia de Burgos in the photo above.

Another event we are working on is last Saturday’s World on Stage Asian heritage event at the Centennial Plaza in the Cultural Gardens. There were performances from India, China, Japan, Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti and the grand finale was a Kwan Family Lion Dance! (photo below) Thanks for your patience. We’ll catch up ASAP.
Blast from the Past – Romanian Costumes

Traditional Romanian Costumes at the 2010 Romanian Festival at St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland. The older ladies are having a great time!
Here is what's happening
As always there is more information, links and schedule changes (weather cancellations, etc.) on the Calendar of Events.
Global Cleveland Welcoming Week
September 8 - 17
Welcoming Week is an annual, week-long event that celebrates welcoming newcomers into local communities and highlights the importance of inclusive places. Every year, Global Cleveland celebrates Welcoming Week by promoting cultural events and celebrating the businesses, nonprofits, and governments that embrace inclusivity.
 Cleveland American Middle East Organization
Wednesday September 13
7 PM
Syriana Restaurant
26920 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake
Cleveland Italian Film Festival
September 14 - 18
7:30 PM
Cedar Lee Theater & Atlas Cinemas Eastgate
Global Cleveland International Community Forum
Thursday September 14
3 PM
Cleveland Public Library - Louis Stokes Wing
525 Superior Ave, Cleveland
As part of Welcome Week celebrations with Global Cleveland, this forum will offer a chance to network with the international community and participate in a panel discussion with Mayor Bibb's representative and international community leaders. The International Community Forum provides an opportunity to connect with prominent leaders in our international community. Explore their experience of coming to Cleveland and gain insights into their journey while connecting with other global-minded individuals in the community.
Los Soles Truncos
Thursday September 14 – October 1
LatinUs Theater Company
PIVOT Center for Art, Dance, and Expression
2937 West 25th Street Cleveland, OH, 44113
From the hand of René Marqués comes this history of Puerto Rican classical theater. Written in 1958 and with a historical background from the late 19th century to the beginning of 20 century, three sisters belonging to the upper social class in Puerto Rico begin to lose everything. They lose their parents, social position, material goods, and money and lock themselves in the house they left on Cristo Street in Old San Juan.
Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
Friday September 15
6 - 9 PM
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
The City of Cleveland is hosting an Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony at City Hall. The event is free and open to the public but due to limited space, registration is required.
Hispanic Heritage Month Library Kickoff
Friday September 15
6 PM
Cleveland Public Library - South Branch
3096 Scranton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and traditions of Cleveland's Hispanic heritage. Enjoy live music, dance performances, and a sampling of Latinx treats.
Ukrainian Museum Archives
Friday September 15
6 - 8 PM
Cleveland Guardians Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday September 15
5:30 PM
Progressive Field
Cleveland Armenian Festival
Friday – Saturday September 15-16
St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church
678 Richmond Rd. Richmond Heights
“Enjoy a flavorful taste of Armenian culture.” The Cleveland Armenian Festival is hosted annually by St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church of Richmond Heights, OH. Each year, they look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to sample their delicious cuisine, learn about their culture and meet their community.
Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month event ¡Celebrando!
Saturday September 17
4 - 7 PM
2800 Archwood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
Every year, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center proudly hosts a spectacular celebration in honor of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month. This event is a vibrant tribute to the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic and Latino communities in Cleveland, making it one of our most eagerly anticipated and significant gatherings of the year. We invite you to celebrate with us and experience the music, dance, arts and traditional foods we'll have to offer during such a joyous occasion. Absolutely FREE for all!
14th Annual India Festival USA
Saturday September 16
10 AM - 6 PM
Brecksville-Broadview Hts HS
6390 Mill Rd. Broadview Hts
Mexican Independence Event
Saturday September 16
6 - 8 PM
Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza
1051 Martin Luther King Blvd
The Mexican Committee of Cleveland, an organization dedicated to promoting art, culture, and community services for Mexican residents in the Cleveland metropolitan area and Northeast Ohio, has organized a spectacular event to commemorate the anniversary of Mexico's independence. The event will be a tribute to Mexico's rich history and cultural heritage.

It will feature a variety of artistic performances, including the captivating music of Mariachi, the fascinating Aztec Dance that connects us to Mexico's pre-Hispanic roots, the cheerful Folkloric Dances that represent the diversity of Mexican regions, and, of course, a delicious selection of authentic Mexican food.
Chalk Festival
Saturday and Sunday September 16 and 17
Noon - 5 PM
The Chalk Festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy in which artists copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Everyone can participate in the Chalk Festival! To chalk your own creation, visit the registration tent in the Fine Arts Garden to purchase your pavement square. More information
Run For Sewa
Sunday September 17
9 AM
Sagamore Hills Park
11550 Valley View Rd.
Annual fundraiser for Sewa International's ASPIRE program, an after-school tutoring program to help boost high school graduation rates among at-risk youth at Greater Cleveland partner schools.
Indian Women Children’s Day
Sunday September 17
12:30 - 2
India Cultural Garden
Stephanie Jones of Australia in Concert
Sunday September 17
3 PM
Maltz Performing Arts Center
1855 Ansel Rd, Cleveland
23rd Annual Ryder Cup
Monday September 18
Red Tail Golf Club
4400 Nagel Rd Avon 44011
Get ready to swing into action at the much-anticipated 23rd Annual British American Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Ryder Cup on Monday, 18th September 2023. This is more than just a golf event; it's a symbol of the longstanding unity between the United States and Great Britain, showcasing the perfect blend of commerce, sport, and tradition. Our BACC Ryder Cup proudly draws its spirit from the celebrated Ryder Cup competition between the US and Europe, a contest steeped in nearly a century of rich history. As we inch closer to this iconic event's centennial year, we're inspired to make our own tournament even more memorable.
I wish I could be a doctor, but I don’t have the patients.
Two antennas got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.
Broken marionettes for sale. No strings attached.
Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.
The guy who invented throat lozenges died last week.
There was no coffin at the funeral.
What do you call a fake noodle?
An impasta
Ba da dum 
Postscript: This week is packed with events and it looks like next week will be equally busy! I hope to see you somewhere.
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