IMPERIAL – Valleyites enjoyed sampling unique cuisines and seeing how other cultures celebrate the holidays during Pioneers Museum’s 26th annual Holiday Tour Around the World December 3.
Different sections of the museum were beautifully decorated with each booth representing another world heritage giving people history from the collections of artifacts and types of foods.
“With it being so close to the holidays, we are glad to be able to bring all of this together with help from all of those who put together their booths to serve the people their traditional treats,” said Norma Saikhon, museum director.
As guests mingled and learned the history of the museum, local performers provided entertainment for the evening performing festive dances, including Folklorico dancers from the Hispanic culture.
Finishing out the performances for the evening, the audience watched in amazement as a local martial arts studio performed a traditional lion’s dance from the Chinese culture.
As they danced in dragon costumes, the performers demonstrated how the Chinese celebrate the New Year. The martial arts group also took turns displaying different fighting styles as they went through various routines from fists to fighting with weapons.
“The history of this event goes back many years, and this somewhat new tradition has grown into a great family outing by giving the guest a chance to consider the lives that may be different from their own,” said Jurg Heuberger, museum president and president of the Imperial Valley Historic Society.