Cultural Celebrations

Scadding Court Community Centre celebrates many of the cultural festivals every year including:
- Black History Month
- Lunar New Year
- Diwali
- Halloween
- Eid-Al-Adha
- Christmas

Black History month
February
"Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history." -Carter G. Woodson

Black History Month started as Negro History Week in 1926 and was the idea of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson believed that Blacks should know their past in order to participate intelligently in the affairs in our country. He strongly believed that Black history is a firm foundation for young Black Americans to build on in order to be productive citizens of our society. Now recognized and celebrated around the world, Scadding Court Community Centre is proud to promote and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of African-Canadians. In the past, SCCC has created and hosted displays of African history in the Americas, Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia, Black settlements from the pioneer era and prominent African Canadians.

Lunar New Year
January or February
Every year, SCCC celebrates Lunar New Year with a local celebration. We celebrate with Lunar New Year exhibits, presentations, artwork, music, activities for children, “Red Pocket” distribution and cross-cultural education activities.

Diwali
October or November
Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights”, is one of the most important Hindu celebrations of the year. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, and the uplifting of spiritual darkness. At Scadding Court we celebrate this festival by gathering together, with presentations, music and delicious food.

Halloween
October
Halloween originated from the belief that on October 31st, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased could come back to life, so masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits and appease them. Today it is a fun festival of costumes, candy and games that is a community favourite at Scadding Court. Every year we host a free celebration with prizes, games, treats, a costume contest and a spooky good time!

Eid-Al-Adah
Eid Al-Adha is a Muslim ritual that commemorates the sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim made to fulfill Allah’s request. During this time, Muslims donate meat as a gesture of contributing to the well-being of others. The date of Eid-Al-Adah changes every year. To celebrate this ritual, Scadding Court hosts a community lunch every year that donates meat to approximately 500 families. This lunch also includes speakers, performances, an educational display and screening, henna body art, a children’s area and more.

Christmas
December
SCCC celebrates Christmas with its annual Holiday Season Party. Pre-registration is required for this extremely popular event where kids can get their face painted, play games, meet Santa Claus and enjoy a delicious holiday meal.