Herzlich Welcome – Welcome Party for Refugees in Verden

Days like these make me #ProudToBeHuman -My hometown Verden, celebrated the German National Day 2015 (03 October) with a Welcome Party for Refugees at the town house square.

This blog post will have few words but many pictures because A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. And these pictures will describe #Willkommenskultur that Germany stands for.

If you wonder what Willkommenskultur is, check out this description by the Guardian: “Willkommenskultur means ‘welcome culture’ and is a word not born of custom but created to establish one.”)

Welcome Party in the heart of Verden
Welcome Party in the heart of Verden – this is how #Willkommenskultur looks like. It was a great statement to celebrate diversity on 03 October (German National Day).
Music connects people
Music connects people – and no (welcome) party is complete without it.
Verden welcomes people from all over the world
Verden welcomes people from all over the world – a mother and her child are checking out the home countries of refugees in Verden that are marked on a world map.
Dancing and Laughing and Celebrating
Dancing and Laughing and Celebrating -this is what diversity and Willkommenskultur look like.
This refugee boy may be a future police men in Niedersachsen
This refugee boy may be a future policeman in Niedersachsen – great to see different organizations, NGOs and government bodies come together to make the Welcome Party for Refugees a memorable day filled with fun, laughter, discussions, music and good food.
World map - refugees came to Verden from different countries
World map – refugees came to Verden from different countries and due to different reasons. It is important to recognize their individual and different backgrounds.
Refugees and police women playing fussball
Refugees and policewomen playing fussball – i love this picture! The only thing I wish for the next game: mix up the teams 😉
The refugee welcome party was organized under the patronage of Lutz Brockmann, mayor of Verden and my super dad :)
The refugee welcome party was organized under the patronage of Lutz Brockmann, mayor of Verden and my super dad 🙂

And if after all these beautiful pictures, you wish to see even more from the Herzlich Welcome event in Verden, check out this video:

P.S. I am especially proud that my school junior Catherine Lohmann came up with this amazing idea! I really wish I could have been there…

Photo Credits: Arne von Brill, Elona Beqiraj.