DIY Lebanese Tantour {MKB MENA Series 2017}

If you read my post on our genealogy, you can see that from my husband’s side our family comes from Lebanon. So this time around for MENA Series I decided to make a simple craft that would reflect this side of our heritage. 

Lebanese Traditional clothes are very beautiful. And in fact the ladies’ outfits resemble the ones of gorgeous fairytale princesses. One of the elements in particular that caught my eyes is Tantour – a beautiful headdress that married women of some part of Lebanon used to wear. As I kept looking at different images of Tantour I could see we could easily recreate it from simple materials we had at home. 

So here is how you can make a Tantour with your children.

You will need:

1. Cereal box

2. Scissors

3. Two scarfs

4. One or two thick treads

5. A needles and a sewing thread

6. Stapler

Steps to make your Tantour:


1. Cut out extra sides of the carton box

2. Measure the size of your Tantour by making a conical shape out of the carton on your child’s head.

3. Staple it together and cut off the extra parts to make a cone. Secure it some more staples


4.  Take a smaller scarf and wrap on shiny thread around it. 

5. Wrap it around the cone’s lower part where it would touch the head and secure with a needle and a thread. 

6. Now, attach a bigger scarf to the top of the cone to have it flow down


Your Tantour is ready! 


Girls had fun wearing it and posting for photos. One more accessory to add to our dress up collection.

Do you have a favourite outfit from one of the Middle Eastern or North African countries? Share with me!

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Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month | Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to the third annual Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month series from Multicultural Kid Blogs!  Follow along all month long for great resources on teaching children about the heritage of this region, and link up your own posts below. Don’t miss our series from last year and from 2015!

You can also find even more resources on our North Africa and the Middle East Pinterest board:

August 4

Sand In My Toes on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 10 Fun Facts About the United Arab Emirates

August 8

A Crafty Arab: Jordan Craft Stick Flag Tutorial

August 15

Sand In My Toes: Wind Tower Craft (UAE)

August 17

All Done Monkey: MENA Countries Worksheets

August 18

Tiny Tapping Toes: Make Your Own Egyptian Sistrum

August 21

Biracial Bookworms on Multicultural Kid Blogs

August 23

Jeddah Mom: Decorate a Jambiya – Crafts for Kids

August 28

Crafty Moms Share: Ibn al-Haythan –

Father of Optics and Modern Science

August 30

Creative World of Varya

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Exploring the Pacific Islands

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This year to honour Asian-Pacific Heritage month I have made a simple printable that will help you and your children/ students with exploring the Pacific Islands!

Just click on the image below to open a file in another window!

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As I mentioned in two of my previous posts, I have no direct relationship with the actual Heritage month since it is mainly honoured in the USA. However, I can absolutely relate to it granted our family’s diverse cultural background, and the fact, that part of our family lives in the United States and Guyana.

I think such heritage months should already become international since the United States itself has a very complex diverse population, that includes so many ethnic background from around the world!

Please do scroll down to see what other bloggers have shared! And hop over to our landing page to enter an amazing Giveaway!

 

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Welcome to our third annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Blog Series and Giveaway!

Do visit my posta from last year and 2014.

May 2
Pint Size Gourmets on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Mixed Ethnicity – The Children to Asian Pacific Islanders

May 3
The Art Curator for Kids: Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

May 5
Crafty Moms Share: Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook

May 6
Creative World of Varya

May 9
Crafty Moms Share: Malaysian and Singapore Children’s Favourite Stories

May 12
All Done Monkey: Coconut Curd Recipe

May 13
Colours of Us: 30 Asian and Asian-American Children’s Books

May 16
Bicultural Mama: 11 Chinese Foods that Are Not Really Chinese

May 17
Wise Owl Factory: Vocabulary and Word Search Printable and Classic Stories

May 23
Miss Panda Chinese: Interview with My Son on Learning His Heritage Language

May 27
Pack-n-Go Girls on Multicultural Kid Blogs

May 30
Crafty Moms Share

Simple Lebanese Lunch {MKB North Africa and Middle East Heritage Series}

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I have mentioned earlier that from myother-in-law’s side our children have a Lebanese heritage. My MIL was born and grew up in Lebanon , she spoke Arabic to all her 4 children. With years she adapted cooking from various cuisine and the meals she makes are a fusion of Middle Eastern, Asian and Western food.

Recently our aunt from Lebanon was visiting and she and mom made a simple Lebanese meal, very easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Kousa (Kussa, Koussa, Kossa)

– 2 medium size zucchini
– 1/4 of an onion
– 1-2 garlic cloves
– 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
– salt to taste
– spices: half a teaspoon of each turmeric and coriander powder
– lemon juice

1. Wash and gently scrub the zucchini with dull side of the knife to peel off excessive skin. Cut into small cubes.
2. In a pan warm up olive oil, add spices, fry for 30-40 seconds, add finely chopped onion and garlic. Fry for another 30-40 sec.
3. Add zucchini. Stir-fry for a minute or two, add salt, lower the fire, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, cover and let it simmer. In some time the liquid will start coming out. Keep them steeping on low fire until the liquid is nearly gone. Stir occasionally and don’t let it burn.
4. Transfer to a flat dish, spread and let it cool. Serve with lemon juice.
Note: this dish is best to be served cold. It doesn’t need reheating. You can cool it in the fridge. And it is best to be eaten with bread (pita, naan or any regulations bread).

Alternative to hummus

– 1 can of chickpeas, water drained completely; or 1 large cup of cooked chickpeas
– 2 cloves of garlic
– juice of 1 lemon
– salt
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil

1. Mash the garlic in a bowl, add lemon juice and olive oil. Mix and let it sit for a couple of minutes
2. Add chickpeas, mix well. Serve with any food

Green (Garden) salad

– few leaves of lettuce
– a small cucumber
– a small tomato
– 1/4 of cabbage head or 1/2 of small cabbage
– small bunch of parsley
– small bunch of mint
– half of capsicum
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– juice of half lemon
– a bunch of olives

Chop tomato, capsicum and cucumber. Shredd cabbage. Cut/ tear lettuce, parsley and mint. Mix it all up. Add salt to taste, lemon juice. Mix and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Add olive oil. Mix and let it see for few more minutes. Add olives. Serve with you favorite dishes.

So, these are 3 ingredients of a simple Lebanese meal. In Lebanese cuisine lemon is used a lot and vinegar too. So a lot of dishes have a sour lemony taste. My husband and my children love lemon and can just eat it like that – must be their Lebanese “genes” !

This post is a part of MKB North Africa and Middle East Heritage Series! See below more information and don’t forget to enter the giveaway on MKB!

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Heritage and Cultural Identity Crisis {Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Blog Hop}

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When I first decided to co-host this blog hop, I stopped and thought – how does my family fit into an AMERICAN Heritage Month? We are not Americans. Nor do we live there. However, granted my family’s very rich and diverse background I decided I can come up with a post sharing on how we fit into Asian-Pacific heritage at all and how we deal with cultural identity crisis.

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Meet me again: I am originally from Russia. My mother’s family comes from Altai Krai (see the map below).

Courtesy of Wikipedia

My father’s family comes from Poland, Belorussia and the area now known as Tomsk Oblast in Russia (see the map below for the latter).

Courtesy of Wikipedia

My maternal grandmother has been married to a man who comes from a minority called Shors.

Shors National Dance and Music Group – shor-people.ru

I was born in Buryat Autonomous Region and grew up in Zabaikalie. So most of my life I spent in Asia.
Meet my husband: he grew up in Tanzania. His mother comes from Lebanon and his father is half Persian half Turkish (Azerbaijani) from the North region of Iran. His mother’s family is originally from Iran too, however, their ethnic background is so rich that they even have Mongolian roots! His family members and relatives currently live on almost every continent in the world, they are in multicultural-multiracial marriages and there is no better word to describe my husband’s family but the global citizens. When my husband is asked where he is from, he always replies it is hard to pinpoint the exact place as he was born in one country, which he left at the age of 2 months, grew up in Tanzania, then spent over 10 years in India, now almost 10 years in China. And his family is all over the world!
Meet my children: both my girls and the baby to come are born into our family are currently undergoing an identity crisis. With parents coming from such different backgrounds, being born and living in China, being exposed to at least 3 different languages, my older daughter is confused and can’t give a straight answer where she is from. Now that she is older, she asks questions and tries to make the connections that a brain of 5 year old is capable to make.
As global citizens, we respect our cultural backgrounds. However, we had this unanimous decision made not to stick or impose any cultural traits in our family unless they are applicable to all backgrounds. We raise our children to respect all nations, all cultures, and all peoples of the world. And in reality, when a certain part of their ethnic background is emphasized to point a character trait or a physical feature, I feel very uncomfortable as in my personal opinion it is the diversity of that background that makes them so unique and should give them more chances to adapt easily and fit in anywhere they go.
I want to share some thoughts and ideas on how to deal with your child’s multicultural identity crisis. I am only touching basics here. The cultural identity crisis is a much broader and complicated subject and it is very different for every individual and every family. I am sure we might be dealing with some more issues as our children grow older. But for now here are some things that have been helpful to us:
1. Moral education. Educate your child about equality and diversity. There is nothing better you can do for your child than make him/her truly believe in these 2 great forces that ultimately give us all a chance at peaceful and fair life.
2. Exposure to the world and cultures. It doesn’t mean you have to hop on a plane and rush to another country. You can do it in the comfort of your own home. We have so many resources at our disposal: movies, cartoons, blogs, websites, maps, books – you name them! All these resources not only show us how small the world really is, but also how connected we are!
3. Investigate your own background if possible. It is always interesting to know where your family comes from and despite how diverse it is, we learn to appreciate the history, we also self-educate.
4. Learn other languages. Whether they are related to your own background or not – I found it helpful that my older child can speak Chinese. She can relate to people she spends a lot of time with and she learns more about appreciation of another nation/race.  And through that experiences, we, as parents, also learn more about China and its people. If you don’t live abroad like we do, if you don’t have a diverse community, learning a foreign language is still something very useful as it helps you get closer to the world and people living in it.
5. Remind your children about their background, but don’t push it. Quite a few friends of mine whose parents immigrated to other countries went through or still go through the identity crisis. And most of them were quite bitter about having to “learn the ways” of their parents’ cultures. Big part of them felt like they had to get away from it, didn’t want to learn or speak the language of their forefathers and in general just didn’t want to be connected to their background. I personally believe it is nice to know where you come from and be able to relate. But it should be done by parents in a gentle and natural way. When we want to teach our children about their ethnic or spiritual background, we have to be firm yet loving and appreciative of the current background they are being brought up in.
If you have any more tips on how to deal with multicultural identity crisis – I would love to see the links and suggestions!!!

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Blog Hop - Multicultural Kid BlogsIn honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Multicultural Kid Blogs is sponsoring a blog hop, and you are invited! We are celebrating the cultures and peoples of this diverse region by sharing our posts and asking other bloggers to do the same! Our hope is to create a wonderful resource for celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with children. Be sure to visit the co-hosts of the blog hop (listed below) and share your own posts at the linky at the bottom!

You can find even more resources on this region in our Asia and Australia and Oceania boards on Pinterest!

Co-Hosts

Multicultural Kid Blogs
Crafty Moms Share
Bicultural Mama
Finding Dutchland
Kid World Citizen
Marie’s Pastiche
All Done Monkey
Tiny Tapping Toes
Creative World of Varya
Miss Panda Chinese