Trail of Tears Pow Wow
The Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville is one
of the few documented sites of actual trail and campsites
used during the forced removal of the Cherokee along the
Trail of Tears. Today, the park is the location of a happier
event - the Trail of Tears Pow Wow. Every year during the
first week in September, Native Americans from many tribes
gather to celebrate their rich heritage and to expose others
to their centuries-old cultural traditions, including dancing,
storytelling and arts and crafts.
This acclaimed festival honoring Kentucky's Hispanic
heritage is held every September on the Courthouse Plaza
in Lexington. Lining the plaza are colorful displays where
Hispanic people from Argentina to Venezuela promote the
culture and crafts of their homelands. At night, the scene
changes to a street fair. Tango dancers dip and sway,
while flamenco dancers click their castanets and heels.
Pulse-pounding salsa music echoes from the plaza, and
the aroma of tamales, empanadas and fajitas fills the air.
It's an invitation to experience a rich, vibrant culture.
Chinese Moon Festival
In China, the Moon Festival is a major holiday - the
equivalent to Thanksgiving in the United States - families
join together to celebrate a tradition dating back thousands
of years. It is the celebration of the mid-autumn full moon,
where instead of the recounting of the Pilgrims' first dinner,
ancient legends such as the Jade Rabbit and the Lady
Who Flew to the Moon are re-told, and instead of a turkey,
people feast on Moon Cookies. In Kentucky, Moon Festival
celebrations are held in Lexington and Louisville.
Roots and Heritage Festival
From its humble beginnings as a local street fair in
Lexington, the Roots and Heritage Festival has blossomed
into a major annual event for Central Kentucky. The festival
is a celebration of the pride and culture of African-Americans.
its first celebrity guest, Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley
helped to ensure the success of the initial Roots and
Heritage Festival in 1989.
What began as a weekend affair is now a month-long event
held in September of each year. With plenty for visitors
to see and do including exhibits, shows and concerts, a
three-day street fair, parade, food, a golf classic, readings
and lectures. The festival attracts people from all over
the region, other states and even internationally.
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