New! India: Culture, Etiquette & Traditions at the YWCA Princeton

Top Quote For those who enjoy multi-cultural experiences, are curious, or planning a visit to India, this new four-week seminar is for you. Immerse yourself in India's culture from its rich history and contributions to the world, from its delightful foods to colorful clothing, all will be covered in this unqiue seminar open to teens and adults alike at the YWCA Princeton. End Quote
  • Trenton-Ewing, NJ (1888PressRelease) February 16, 2012 - A new offering, "India: Culture, Etiquette & Traditions," is being introduced to the public by the YWCA Princeton and promises to be a fun, tasty, and educational experience. Participants will explore the colorful culture of India with a different aspect of India highlighted each week. The program will be held Friday evenings, starting March 9th continuing through March 30th, from 7:00-8:30 pm. The cost to participate in all four captivating evenings is $65 for YWCA members and $ 75 for non-members.

    Program Highlights

    March 9: Introduction to India Learn briefly about the history and geography of this ancient country, its people, economy, India's contributions to the modern world, and weather.

    March 16 Travel and Business Etiquette Get pointers to planning a visit to India, places of interest (from the most popular locations to the hidden gems), learn some Hindi phrases, standard travel precautions, and much more.

    March 23 Food & Clothing Learn to wrap a sari, participate in a "spice journey", experience regional cuisines of India, marvel at a beautiful display of Indian clothes, jewelry, and bindis.

    March 30 Traditions & Customs Learn Bollywood dance moves, enjoy a performance by talented school kids, get a henna tattoo, learn interesting facts about centuries old customs and practices of Indian such as weddings ceremonies, and festivals.

    Sushma Jain who hails from Rajasthan, India will lead the program. Bollywood music, dance and Indian traditions are Jain's forte. "This is an excellent and fun-filled opportunity for the public to experience and understand Indian culture, first-hand" says Jain.
    During each of the evenings, Princeton's Masala Grill will provide samples of various traditional Indian dishes with special emphasis on the regional cuisines of India. "Indian food is as diverse as its people. The various regions of India have unique flavors and many dishes have been influenced by the history and climate" explains Arthi Tamilselvam, co-facilitator of the series, who hails from southern India. Jain and Tamilselvam hope to transport participants into a memorable voyage through India by invoking the five senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing and seeing.

    The YWCA Princeton has been at the cultural forefront since its founding in 1922 providing a community place for residents to connect, play, and learn. It has a long history in providing a welcoming place to those new to the community.

    In keeping with its multicultural environment, the YWCA Princeton strongly believes in creating cultural understanding and harmony through fun, educational, and interactive programs and events. This is the second multi-cultural workshop offered to the public by the YWCA Princeton. Last year, Japan and its wonderful culture was highlighted. Participants learned about Japanese customs and etiquette, practiced Japanese phrases, dining rituals, and sample authentic Japanese cuisine such as sushi, tendon and sesame-tofu. It plans to expand these multicultural offerings in the future.

    "We are very excited to bring unique programs like this to the community," said Diane Hasili, YWCA Princeton Chief Marketing Officer. "The response was overwhelmingly positive and it was especially gratifying to see the participants embrace diversity and learn about a new culture. This is an important step toward creating an opportunity for new connections and understanding within the community."

    The program is open to the public, and is ideally suited for teens and adults. For more information or to register, please visit or call (609) 497-2100 ext. 307. Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited.

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