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Tealight Talks - "Festival" Part 2

Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For this months 'Tealight Talks', Matt interviews Sash on Tealight's topic for April, "Festival."

"The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals." Have you ever gone to a festival outside of your home country and if so, what was the occasion?

I have celebrated Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Family Day and Easter in Canada this past year - there are similarities to corresponding holidays back in the UK, but some significant differences too. They don't celebrate Bonfire Night over here and I thought I didn't care much for it as a holiday but I actually really missed it... there's something about fireworks and bonfires and the texture of the air around that time of year that's really evocative.

What is your go-to celebration food?

This question inexplicably made me feel old, because a younger me would absolutely have said cake or chocolate, but I've been losing some of my sweet tooth in recent years. These days if I want to celebrate with food it's usually a savoury dish - going out for a curry is a big thing in my family. That or a cheese board, I love a good cheese board.

There are so many unique and interesting festivals that take place all over the world. Is there any that you've heard of that you'd love to attend?

Oh my gosh, so many. I've always thought it would be amazing to go to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, and a cherry blossom festival in Japan. There's just so many lovely things out there to experience. I'd also love to attend some more musical festivals in the future.

What's something you've celebrated recently?

Last month I celebrated my birthday, which was actually really nice considering I'd just moved somewhere new and didn't really know anyone yet. I ended up with an entire surprise birthday cake, balloons, the works, thanks to my housemates. In general, I've been trying to celebrate the little things in life with more attention to detail and not spend quite so much time in my head.

You're putting on your own festival. What does it centre around? Who is headlining? What foods are the focal point?

I love this question! <3 I have this notion of a festival somehow celebrating all my friendships. It would be a summer ceremony with a huge outdoor picnic and lots of flowers and, in a perfect world, there'd be no geographical restrictions - just all the people I love together in one place. It would be a potluck, because sharing food is the best thing and I know some very talented bakers/cooks. I'd write everyone cute handwritten notes and we'd all share cool random things we've discovered whilst in lockdown this past year. There'd be a playlist of eclectic new finds and absolutely bangers from previous decades.

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