Diplomatic Scene: Jamaica, Ecuador, Thailand host cultural celebrations

Bangladesh’s High Commissioner Mizanur Rahman with Jamaican High Commissioner Janice Miller at Jamaica’s Independence Day celebration at Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building on Aug. 7 as part of the Ottawa Welcomes the World event series. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Moldovan Ambassador Ala Beleavschi, Ms. Miller, Croatian Ambassador Marica Matkovic, and Ms. Miller’s husband Donald Miller. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ottawa Welcomes the World event consultant Snookie Lomow and Ms. Miller enjoy the day, which included music, food, and dance. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Intricately carved melons were among the eye-catching visuals at Thailand’s cultural celebration at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park on July 28. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Australian High Commissioner Tony Negus, his wife Marina Negus, and Mr. and Ms. Isarabhakdi. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Tran Nguyen Anh Thu, wife of the Vietnamese ambassador; with Wannipa Isarabhakdi; her husband, Thai Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi; and Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Duc Hoa. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ecuador’s Ambassador Diego Stacey, right, greets Latvian Ambassador Karlis Eihenbaums at Ecuador Day, a cultural celebration at Lansdowne Park’s Horticulture Building on Aug. 11. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Petronila Garcia, ambassador of the Philippines, with Mr. Eihenbaums, his daughter Anna Eihenbauma, and Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Bonazzi, who represents the Holy See. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Panamanian Ambassador Alberto Arosemena laughs with Mr. Stacey. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia