Volume 95, Issue 90

Friday, March 22, 2002
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Caravan of culture rolls through atrium

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Caravan of culture rolls through atrium

By Ben Leith
Gazette Staff

"Jambo Habari Yako?" is the Swahili greeting you would have heard at the Kenadian Club's booth at this week's Cultural Caravan in the University Community Centre atrium.

"We're a new club, always looking to get more people. We just want to show everyone that we are Kenyan and what Kenya is all about," said Saheel Shah, a third-year economics student at the booth.

Caravan organizer Ho-Yin Lee, a second-year honours business administration student and the University Students' Council's international students commissioner, said Cultural Caravan is an annual event and is a celebration of different cultures.

"We've had a lot of different activities this week – from Henna tattooing and name writing at the booths to reggae performances and a food fair at The Wave, featuring food from eight different cultures," Lee said.

USC VP-campus issues Sera Vavala said this year's festivities had less stumbling blocks than last year and she was pleased with the overall week.

The participating cultural organizations and clubs, as well as the event's participants, also said they enjoyed the caravan.

"Islam is a very culturally diverse religion, which we tried to highlight with our variety of artwork. People found it really interesting having their names written in Arabic," said Mariam Hashmi, a first-year social sciences student working at the Muslim Students' Association booth.

"I like how the Muslim Students' Association and the Jewish Students' Union booths are right next to each other and getting along," said Asma Ahmed, a first-year health science student.

"Jewish culture is something that unites us as a people," said Shael Fryer, a second-year economics student and VP-community relations-elect for the JSU, noting the caravan gave people a taste of Jewish culture and allowed the union to answer questions students had about their display.

Nina Noordeh, a fifth-year science student running the booth for the Bah‡'“ religion, said her 160-year-old faith accepts the prophets and beliefs of other religions.

"The importance of this event is the opportunity to introduce people to the Bah‡'“ faith and to be able to give them the means to investigate further for themselves," she added.

The Cultural Caravan wrapped up last night with a cultural show that featured traditional dance and music from 11 different cultures, Lee said.

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