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World shares the Christmas spirit with children

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

CHILDREN gathered at the Suva City Carnegie Library yesterday to learn how Christmas is celebrated in Australia and how Christianity was introduced in the country.

As part of its annual event, the library has organised a week-long program this week to educate children on how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

The Australian High Commission opened the program yesterday with the British High Commission, New Zealand High Commission, Fiji, Embassy of Japan, India (Kavitha Sudashan), US Embassy and South African High Commission also lining up to share the history of Christmas in their country.

Chief librarian Maureen Shariff said 45 to 50 children from different age groups were part of the "Christmas around the world" program.

"The children really enjoyed the activities. The commission was here to tell the children the past, present and the future of Australia and how Christmas is celebrated in their country," Ms Shariff said.

Commission first secretary Suzy Wilson said they shared the spirit of Christmas with the children through indigenous and bedtime stories.

"We also did some artworks and painted some boomerangs and clapping sticks," she said.

"We explored arts of living and how art comes into our lives in every way and how it shows messages to people."

Ms Wilson said Christmas was all about being kind, loving and sharing.

Ms Shariff urged parents to bring their children to the library to be part of the week-long program free.