International Festival for All Families 2023
The International Festival of All Families was held on Friday, March 31, at the Merle-Smith Campus, and it did not disappoint. Each year, this event seems to grow in popularity as we celebrate the many different cultures that make up our Moravian community through crafts, activities, music, and food.
Led by Fatima Jaffer and Kelli Greene, along with the DEI Coordinators, Juan Rojo, Heather Manning, and Barbara Medina, this year's event was packed with project displays from all three campuses.
The Swain Campus shared fifth grade Asian-American study projects. They also provided information about the Chinese Lunar New Year and children were able to create their own Lunar New Year Lanterns. Downtown Campus set up a display of projects celebrating Black History Month. Students created small posters about historical African American leaders and each included a QR code containing a mini-video about the leader they researched. Other activities that were enjoyed by many were the creation of Ukrainian flower wreaths, Japanese origami, a henna artist, and a Zumba class led by Dance Fusion.
The festival wouldn’t be complete without all the wonderful food, donated by our generous parents. Popular entrees and desserts from all different parts of the world were enjoyed by all. Chicken pulao (Indian), egg curry (Indian), tteokbokki (Korean), jambalaya (American Creole & Cajun), sauerbraten (German), and mandazi (East African) in addition to vegan apfelkuchen, carrot dessert, shoo-fly pie, and Meringue cookies are just a few examples of the wide variety of dishes that were available to choose from. Whether you wanted to try something new or something familiar, you were sure to find something that tantalized your taste buds.