|LionHeart performing during Festival Friday|
LionHeart is well traveled. Since 2010, he has been to Kenya, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, and the Greater Antilles Islands of the Caribbean, including Jamaica and Haiti. This summer he traveled to India. LionHeart has traveled on these incredible journeys through Kids and Culture Camp, founded by a group of awesome homeschool moms. The camp was founded in 2010 and each summer has grown and become even better. It's an incredible experience for LionHeart because he gets an opportunity to learn and play alongside many of his homeschool friends, while meeting new friends, all in a comfortable environment amongst moms he knows intimately. During his travels to India he learned about the art, food, music and history. He studied the work of Gandhi, learned about the notable rivers and mountains in India. But most of all, he had fun. Traditional camp activities, such as water play and museum field trips, were also a part of the week long festivities. LionHeart has perfected the Kids and Culture Camp song and takes pride in being able to improvise some of his own lyrics into the song. I was beaming with pride at Festival Friday, the end of the week celebration showcasing to parents all that the children have learned. I was proud for two reasons. My son was participating and looked so cute during his performance. But also because I was supporting an endeavor created by women just like me. Pretty darn remarkable!
In this photo, LionHeart is receiving a gift from his camp sibling in the Kids and Culture Celebration of Raksha Bandhan. What is Raksha Bandhan? An Indian celebration of the sacred bond of brother and sister. During this celebration, as a ritual, a sister ties a colourful rakhi, a sacred thread that symbolizes love between siblings, around her brother's wrist. The festival starts by performing traditional aarti and concludes with prayers. Moreover, as a part of tradition, a brother presents his sister varied exciting gifts and vows to guide and protect her throughout the life. Gifts play a prominent role and symbolize tokens of love and affection. (Source: The Times of India)