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来稿:感恩节特辑——美哉加拿大

加拿大家园 iask.ca 2021-10-11 13:03 来源: 作者: 点击:

对于遥远的加拿大,两岸三地中国人都不陌生。

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加拿大在人类悠长历史中,也许很短暂,但却以其地大物博、包容和谐、生产先进和科技发达等优势,悄然迈进世界先进国家行列。而我在此地生活三十多年,也恍似一眨眼间。从中年迈进老年,根已在这片肥沃土壤延伸,家庭也开枝散叶繁衍。凝望飘荡在蓝天里,红白两色有着枫叶图案的旗帜,我深深爱上这片他乡的土地。

我爱加拿大,爱她如诗如画迷人的风光。上世纪八十年代初,当我刚来到多伦多,就被眼前美景吸引。那时正是被当地人誉为黄金季节的夏天。呵,遍地鲜花!在市中心宽阔繁华的大学街,街心花园像一串彩色的珠链,悬挂在城市胸前。各种颜色汽车在两边静悄悄穿梭往来,而座座高楼大厦前面也有独特的花圃、花盆装饰着。置身如此赏心悦目地方,你一点也不感到城市的喧嚣、混浊,也暂时忘却离乡背井的孤单彷徨。

那段日子,我常在晚饭后到住家附近散步,看落日余晖从人行道树缝落下,撒在五颜六色、大大小小的花朵上,跳跃的光影让花儿显得更有灵性,更加光采。穿大街,过小巷,见每幢房子前面都有一片小小草地,靠屋的地方种了花,有高有低,有的成丛有的铺地,有的盆栽还吊在门廊下,让一串串小花朵垂下来,煞是好看。放眼望去,不就是一条开满鲜花的路吗?正是这座座房子,条条街道,用鲜花把城市描绘成一座大花园,体现了人们内心对美的崇尚和追求。

几年后,当我们拥有一间属于自己的小屋时,也入乡随俗,把屋前屋后用鲜花打扮起来。每每在后园枫树下乘凉,我都会让思想放飞:是谁把空中彩虹揉碎,让它散落在加拿大广袤的土地上?从连接太平洋的西海岸,到与大西洋相拥的东海岸,这个横卧北美州大陆的国度,到处是迷人的色彩,红的、黄的、赤的、橙的,在灿烂的阳光下闪亮。

而在鲜花盛开的时候,人们又喜欢投身到大自然中。如果你开车到东部的海洋省份,一路上,会看到铺满绿草、衬托着各色野花的原野,像织锦般在公路两旁伸向远方,嵌镶着白云蓝天。而中西部的田野,一望无际的麦田正孕育着金色的梦。等到丰收时节,收割机把喜悦带到农庄,让欢乐溢满每个人心里。人们脸上的笑容,比簇拥着屋子的花儿更灿烂。

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加拿大人啊,生活在朴实美丽的自然环境中。而他们,又用双手把城市和大自然打扮得更写意。这美,是天地的造化,也是人们辛勤劳作、付出汗水的结晶。

我爱加拿大,爱她的包容与多元。年复一年,我们在参予中感受到满足和愉悦,也渐渐体会到在这片辽阔国土上,还蕴藏及呈现着另一种让世人赞叹的社会人文景观,那就是她浓厚的多元文化色彩。加拿大是一个移民国家,除了主流的英法裔以外,她拥有来自五大洲几乎所有国家和地区的移民。

走在加国城市马路上,你会看到各种不同肤色的面孔,白皮肤、黄皮肤、黑皮肤和褐皮肤,这些人来自天南地北,带来了原居地的民俗风情和文化传统,大大丰富了加国社会的内涵,让人感受到多元文化社会的亲和包容。

有人说,如果你想在一个地方看世界所有国家的人种民族,来加拿大;如果你想在一个地方享受世界各地的美食,来多伦多。真的是这样。加国社会,正是由带不同传统的移民组成的。

多伦多市政府为更好服务各族裔市民,设了一条咨询热线,里面就提供了一百三十多种语言翻译,足见其多元文化色彩。而饮食则是对不同民族民俗的最好诠释。欧陆优雅花巧的、非州粗犷厚实的、东南亚酸辣爽胃的、南美州煎烧香的等等不同风味的佳馔,你都能一一在多伦多这个加国最大都会品尝到。

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每个民族都有自己的传统节日。远走万里离开故园,那流淌在血脉中的乡情也不会被割断。在异国他乡,依然心潮澎湃,与原居地同胞同声庆祝。各地移民带来的独特文化,在加拿大宛若百花齐放,竞艳斗丽。从新年伊始到圣诞平安夜,这个多元文化的大舞台上,有多少精彩的演出!

华人的农历春节,龙腾狮跃舞动了人们的心霏,喧天锣鼓敲醒了冰雪的世界。而爱尔兰人的圣柏特利克节(St. Patrick’s Day)大游行,绿色的衣衫帽履,绿色的队伍,宣告了绿色春天的到了。炎

炎烈日下的加勒比节大巡游,黑人兄弟姐妹们服饰五彩鲜亮,装扮香艳,一路高歌劲舞,令人赞叹。当漫山遍野金枫红叶落尽,温馨的圣诞歌声响起,到处又是另一番景象,另一番色彩这里,有数不清的族裔节日,人们在欢度自己节日的同时,也乐意与其它民族共享欢乐时光。

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加拿大,是一片奇特的土地,一个独特的国家。这片土地,鲜花盛开,五彩缤纷;这个社会,多元文化,一样精彩纷呈。以一个建国只有一百五十多年的国家来说,她很年轻。像一个亭亭玉立的少女,美丽动人,站在大洋彼岸,散发着青春魅力,吸引全球亿万双眼睛,为之向往倾情。

世界上没有天堂。辽阔富饶,环境优美,民风谆朴,各族裔和谐共处的加拿大,无疑是人们心中的“伊甸园”。几十年呼吸着这里的清新空气,我的肺腑也充满对加拿大的爱。同一个天空下,大家用勤劳的双手编织着自己的理想。

美哉加拿大啊,我的第二故乡!

以下为英文版:


Beautiful Canada

T.C. Yao(林达敏译)

Although Canada is a country far away, she is no stranger to people from mainland China, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong.

The history of Canada may be short compared to that of mankind, but the country has quietly entered the ranks of developed countries due to her vast land, abundant resources, tolerance and harmony, as well as advancements in manufacturing and technology. I have been living here for more than 30 years, and it seems like a blink of an eye. From middle-age to old-age, I have extended my roots in this fertile soil, and my family has also grown and spread out. Staring at the red and white maple leaf flag flying in the blue sky, I am deeply in love with this land.

I love Canada because of her picturesque and charming scenery. When I first came to Toronto in the early 1980s, I was immediately attracted by the beautiful scenery in front of me. It was summer, the golden season depicted by locals. Oh, flowers were everywhere! Along the wide and crowded College Street, street parks were like a string of colorful necklaces hanging in front of the city's chest. Cars of different colors quietly passed by and there were flower beds of various kinds in front of every building. Being in such a pleasant place, you did not feel the hustle and bustle of city life, and you temporarily forgot the loneliness of being away from home.

During those days, I often walked around my house after dinner to watch the fading light of sunset scatter from the sidewalk trees to the colorful, large and small flowers. The dancing light and shadows made the blossoms appear more lively and radiant. Walking through the streets and alleys, there were small lawns in front of every house with the area close to the doorway planted with flowers. Some were tall; some were short, and some potted flowers were hanging under the porch with blossoms drifting down. Looking around, I thought isn’t this a flowery road? The city became a large garden with the houses and streets decorated with flowers, reflecting the pursuit and admiration of beauty in the minds of its people.

A few years later, when we had a small house of our own, we also followed suit and decorated the front and back yard with flowers. Whenever I relax under the backyard’s maple tree, I let my thoughts wonder: Who smashed the rainbow in the sky and scattered it over the vast land of Canada? From the West Coast that connects the Pacific, to the East Coast that embraces the Atlantic, this country spanning over the North America continent is full of charming colors: red, yellow, scarlet, and orange, all shining in the brilliant sun.

When the flowers are in full bloom, people like to go into nature. If you drive to the Maritimes in the east, you will see on both sides of the highway fields covered with green grass and wild flowers of various colors, stretching out like brocades under the white clouds in the blue sky. In the Central and Western fields, harboured in the endless wheat fields are the dreams of a golden harvest. When the season comes, harvesters bring joy to the farm. It fills everyone's heart. The smiles on people's faces are even brighter than the flowers that surround the houses.

Canadians live in a simple yet beautiful natural environment. They decorate city and nature wonderfully. This beauty is both inheritance from nature and the crystallization of people's hard work.

I love Canada because of her tolerance and diversity. Year after year, we feel satisfaction and joy living here and gradually realize that in this vast country, there is also a social and cultural landscape that is admired by the world: her multiculturalism. Being an immigration country, besides the mainstream Anglophones and Francophones, Canada welcomes immigrants from all parts of the world.

Walking in Canadian cities, you will see people of different colors: white, yellow, black and brown. They come from all over the world and bring along the customs and cultural traditions of their home countries. This enriches the content of Canadian society and makes people feel the cohesiveness and tolerance of multiculturalism.

People say that if you want to see all the ethnic groups in the world in one place, come to Canada; if you want to enjoy food from all over the world in one place, come to Toronto. This is very true. Canadian society is made up of immigrants with different traditions.

To better serve citizens of all ethnic groups, Toronto’s municipal government has set up an information hotline that can be accessed in more than 130 languages, showing Canada’s multiculturalism. Food is also a best illustration of the tradition of different nationalities. Whether they are European delicacies, authentic African varieties, sour and spicy Southeast Asia tastes or fragrant pan-fried South America food, you can taste them all in Toronto, the largest city in Canada.

Every ethnic group has its own traditional festivals. Nostalgia and blood ties of people with their homeland will not be severed by the thousands of miles of distance. Traditional festivals are still celebrated enthusiastically all the same in this foreign land. The unique cultures brought by immigrants are like flowers blooming in Canada. From New Year to Christmas Eve, many wonderful performances are carried out on this multicultural stage for people to indulge.

During Chinese Lunar New Year, dragon and lion dances as well as drums reverberating awaken the icy land of Canada. On St. Patrick’s Day parade, people with green outfits proclaim the coming of spring. During Caribana, under the scorching sun, African-Canadians in fancy costumes sing and dance along the way. It is another scene when maple leaves have all fallen and Christmas songs start to sing. While celebrating their own festivals, people also share the joy with friends from other ethnic groups.

Canada is a magical land and a unique country. It is land filled with blooming flowers and fascinating multi-culturalism. As a young country with a little more than 150 years since founding, Canada is just like a young maiden standing on the shore. Vibrant and youthful, she attracts the gaze of thousands of people from all over the world and makes them want to come.

There is no heaven on earth. Canada is undoubtedly the “Garden of Eden” with her vast and fertile land, enchanting natural environment, simple and honest people as well as harmony of different ethnic groups. Having lived here for decades, my heart is full of love for this country. Everyone here is realizing his dream with hardwork and diligence.

Beautiful Canada, my adoptive country!

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