Different nationalities celebrate culture

Jamison Lamp

Jamison Lamp

Haitian songs, Norwegian Folk dance and the smells of chicken curry will fill Volstroff Ballroom on Nov. 9. The annual International Night will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

“There will be at least eight to 10 programs,” said Karunanithy Chinnadurai, a native of India who is earning his doctorate in agricultural engineering.

Some cultural shows at the event include dances and slideshow presentations.

Indian and Pakistani dancers will perform a Bhangara. The Bhangara is a traditional dance, celebrating spring, which originated in the Pahjab region of Pakistan and India.

Students from China will be offering a traditional dance to the song “Jasmine Flower” that will include body language.

“The song is very famous in the southern parts of China,” said Qian Sha, who is originally from China and is now studying health promotions.

“We will wear traditional dress of colorful patterns that show off the figure and elegance of the women.”

Also part of the cultural shows are slideshows from the Philippines and Africa and traditional and modern dances from Nepal.

A fashion show is another part of the night’s festivities. Traditional dress from 11 countries will take center stage.

“There will be slide presentations with something that represents the country,” said Juna Kharael, a landscape architecture student originally from Nepal.

Traditional food dishes from more than nine different countries round out the evening’s array of cultural indulgence.

“We will be making a rice pudding and a potato dish,” Alok Shrestha, president of the Nepal Student Association and native of Nepal, said.

India will be providing chicken curry and a vegetable rice dish.

“We know what our audience likes; we only make about (the food) one-third as spicy as what we eat,” Chinnadurai said.

Food will also be provided by the Philippines, China, Africa, France, Mexico and from a Native American group, Melanie Caffe, food organizer and native of France said.

“We buy all of our food on Friday and cook on Saturday,” Caffe said. “The First Lutheran and Presbyterian churches allow us to cook in their kitchens.”

Tickets are available through Information Exchange and the Multicultural Center in the basement of The Union or by contacting International Relations Club President David Karki at [email protected].