Sharing traditions

This month we’re very happy to welcome a special new writer, Anita, from Kenya. Anita is in the 9th grade (Form 1 in Kenya). Her native language is Kiswahili. (Swahili means “coast” or coastal people. The language is actually, correctly referred to as Kiswahili.) We asked Anita to tell us about one of her favorite Kenyan traditions. She is also currently learning about traditions from other countries. Welcome, Anita! 

Photo courtesy Sergey Pesterev

Even though Anita’s home- land lies on the equator, she can see snow on top of Mt. Kenya from her home!

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THE tradition I really love is the one for the Merian people, because l come from Meru. Meru is a very green land with many big, gigantic trees, with wonderful wild animals, with blue, blue sky and bright stars at night. My grandmother taught me this wonderful tradition. Traditionally, young children are taught not to speak rudely to old people. They are also taught to respect those older than they are and not to do bad things in life. This old Meru tradition taught us to be always truthful, honest, and not to steal others things.

    My lovely granny always tells us that the first commandment and the second commandment are the best traditions that one can treasure and l love that. I learned these commandments from the Bible. The first commandment is “Do not worship any other God but Me, God.”  The second commandment is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

     l loved learning about the Chinese tradition of using chop- sticks. I love the way Chinese people eat with chop sticks. l made two chopsticks to try to eat like them, but l was not able to. —Anita

Editor’s note: We asked Anita how she made chopsticks and she explained that she made them using twigs from tree branches. . . .

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