Embrace Varied Cultures As The Cathedral Of Learning Plans Return Of Its Holiday Open House

Learn about various holiday traditions under one roof from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Nationality Rooms Holiday 2022 Norwegian Rm

PHOTOS BY AIMEE OBIDZINSKI |UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Explore the holiday traditions of global cultures in the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms this Sunday with the return of the in-person holiday open house.

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs’ 31st Holiday Open House will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Cathedral of Learning (4200 Fifth Ave., University of Pittsburgh Campus, Oakland). Share in the wonder of the holiday season while learning more about the varied cultures of 31 countries, such as Ireland, Italy, France, Armenia, Africa, Japan, China and Poland.

Holiday Nationality Room 2022 Chinese Rm

Each room (with the exception of the Turkish Room) will be decorated in the December and January traditions of that country’s culture. For example, the Norwegian Room features strands of tiny flags strung on the tree, mushroom ornaments, heart-shaped woven baskets (often filled with candies!) and gnomes. The Indian Room is draped with floral garlands to commemorate Diwali, the festival of colors, while the Chinese Room pays homage to the Lunar New Year with firecrackers and decorative oranges. Celebrate Noël (Christmas in France) with tiny Eiffel Towers and champagne glasses adorning the tree in the French Room. 

Nationality Rooms Holiday Indian Rm

There will be traditional foods and baked goods available in the Cathedral of Learning Commons as guests listen to world and holiday music and shop for handcrafted and cultural wares that represent the diversity of the Nationality and Heritage Rooms. St. Nicholas will also be on hand to pose for photos with children and families.

The event is free and open to the public. Food and gift items will be available for purchase. 

For more information on the holiday open house, visit the website here.  

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