Burpee Museum celebrates New Year’s around the world

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The Burpee Museum, 737 North Main Street, helped local kids ring in the New Year, while celebrating the diversity of Rockford.

From Yemen to Sweden, kids shared songs and dances from around the world.  The Rockford museum also brought out traditional artifacts used in those celebrations.  The New Year was rung in every hour, not with confetti, but gingko leaves from the museum gardens.  Organizers say the event gives kids the chance to see just how diverse the Forest City has become.

“A lot of times, people here in Rockford, we think we’re just this midwestern town, out here in the corn belt.” said Burpee Museum educator Betsy Carlson.  “It’s a great community, full of various nationalities that are able to celebrate together and recognize the uniqueness of different cultures.”

25 nations were represented during Monday’s celebration.

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