On the 26th and 27th November luxembourg is hosting one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events of the year: the international bazar.
Sara our Italian ambassador tells us about the history of this event and its many qualities.
It all started in 1960 with a number of little fairs linked to the church following the opening of Luxembourg’s borders to become more international. Since this big political change in the country, the number of foreign residents has not stopped growing.
The aim of this organization, which became the International Bazar, has always been to collect money for charity.
Over the years the creative energy of this event has generated a real sense of multiculturism: in fact more and more volunteers of all nationalities take part in this event making the Bazar an occasion where cultural diversity has not stopped growing over the years.
After starting with 8 stands from different nationalities in 1936, the International Bazar now brings together over 50 nationalities with the aim of sharing their culture, local specialities and crafts.
According to the organisers the Bazar “provides the opportunity to discover new cultures without leaving Luxembourg”.
Furthermore, I am always impatient to go to the fair, which is so colourful, with wonderful music and delicious food.
This event always makes me think of a famous Mexican recipe: Mole Poblano. Apparently created by Sister Andrea de la Asuncion during the Santa Rosa Convention in Puebla when the Archbishop visited in 1680.
The sisters used the ingredients they had to hand, that is cocoa, in order to serve the visitors a sumptuous soup. The result became one of the culinary symbols of Mexico, with flavours half local half European, often reinterpreted depending on the local ingredients and the season.
This dish became a cultural dish rich in taste, made from a mix of different ingredients and different cultures.
Yes that is how I see Luxembourg: enriched by the mix of local culture with that of the foreigners living in the country. It is a country where everyone benefits from the cultural richness of others. You couldn’t mistake me for anything other than Italian; we always end up comparing everything to food!