Hey everyone, Carissa here! The Calix Culture Festival is finally here and I couldn't be more excited. It's that time of year when our realm comes alive with the vibrant colors, lively music, and energetic dances that define our culture. This festival is a celebration of everything that makes us proud to be from Calix - our strength, resilience, and unity as a community.

The highlight of the festival for me has always been the feasting. The aroma of delicious dishes fills the air as families gather around tables laden with food made from recipes passed down through generations. From hearty stews to savory pastries, there's no shortage of mouth-watering treats to indulge in during this time.

Of course, no Calix festival would be complete without some friendly competition. Whether it's testing our skills in wrestling matches or showcasing our agility in acrobatic routines, we love nothing more than pushing ourselves to see who will come out on top. And let me tell you, I'm always up for a challenge!

But perhaps my favorite part of the festival is getting to showcase my own talents in dance performances. As someone who loves movement and thrives on physical expression, taking center stage during these festivities fills me with an exhilarating sense of joy and pride.

As much as I enjoy all the excitement and energy that comes with the festival celebrations though, I also appreciate those quiet moments spent reflecting on what it means to belong to such a strong and resilient community like ours. It reminds me why I fight so hard to protect Ephedia - because it's not just about defending our land; it's about safeguarding everything we hold dear: Our traditions, Our values,

and most importantly, our bonds with one another. So while this may only last for a short period each year, I'll cherish every moment spent reveling in all that makes us who we are - brave warriors,

proud citizens

And loyal friends. Until next time,

-Carissa