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Meet the 2017 South Sudanese Pavilion.

Meet the 2017 South Sudanese Pavilion.

Come visit the youngest nation in the world.  Did you know that the South Sudanese gained independence only in 2011?  Amazing!


South Sudanese Pavilion

Venue:  Sudanese Community Cultural & Resource Centre (129 Dagmar St.)
Dates:  Sun. Aug. 13th to Sat. Aug. 19th

** For a complete, updated listing of pavilions I have visited so far, please click here.

Meet the 2017 South Sudanese Pavilion.

Cultural Display

I learned about the colours of the flag and its significance.  Black is for the colour of their skin, while red is for the blood that was shed by martyrs for their freedom.  Blue represents the waters of the Nile, while green is for the green pastures and land.  Lastly, white is for the peace that was attained after their independence.


The mahshi looked delectable – a stuffed bell pepper with ground beef, dill, and tomato paste.  There was a vegetarian option of sambusa  which is the South Sudanese take on a samosa, and tamia, or falafel.  My favourite was the sabanik, which can be made vegetarian without the chicken, and made primarily with spinach.  They also had a hibiscus tea with sugar and cinnamon, served cold.


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There were two MCs who explained some facts about the youngest nation, including the 80 diverse dialects in South Sudan.  The opening number had their younger community members wearing tshirts with the colours of the South Sudanese flag.  Some of their shirts also had the maple leaf on it.  What a beautiful way to begin their entertainment!  It was also a touching homage to keeping their culture alive and passed down while adapting to the Canadian society their youngest generation are growing up in.


Above and Beyond

There is a strong community feel at this pavilion where you right away feel welcomed, and they are ready to share their space, food, and culture with you.  Beautiful!

Congratulations again to the coordinators, volunteers, and performers at the South Sudanese Pavilion!

** For a complete, updated listing of pavilions I have visited so far, please click here.



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