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Culture Fest 2024 ‘educated and brought together’ 9 different countries

By Koy Flores

Whether it was the traditional Indian dance that made your heart sheen like a ruby, or the taste of Mexico’s warm chewy tamales, Culture Fest accomplished its mission. If you attended the event, you left with new knowledge and awareness of Grand Rapids Community College’s robust culture. 

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The 2024 Culture Fest event was held on April 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse at GRCC’s downtown campus. 

Nine countries were represented at the event including: India, South Korea, Mexico, France, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, China, Congo and Haiti. Congo and Ukraine were both new editions to the event. 

After talking with the event organizer, Ashpreet Kaur, who is also a GRCC student majoring in biochemistry, and the President of the International Language Club, it was discovered that Italy was supposed to be featured as well, but the representative “came late.”

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When asked what she hoped students would get out of the event Kaur said,“to learn about different cultures. By educating people about different cultures, (we can) break stereotypes.”

The event was funded by two kinds of fundraisers, henna and international snacks (Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Indian), which were successful in raising $440.

This rag doll was featured at the Mexico booth (Koy Flores/ The Collegiate)

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Not only were the booth holders polite and knowledgeable of their represented country but their booths were also decorated with books, candles, food, drink, stickers, Coloring Pages, henna, flowers, Chinese fans, Mexican dolls, and many more souvenirs and tokens that paid homage to the nation of interest. 

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Ashpreet Kaur was joined by the booth holder for India who is also her sister and another woman as they danced a traditional Indian dance on stage.

“Dancing is a very big part of our culture, we do it often at festivals. (One of which) is called gidha. (It’s a type) of Punjabi dance. We wear this.” said Jasleen Kaur, motioning to the flow of her long dress. “They’re called suits, and we dance with props. We have very big jewelry, and do big motions with our arms and legs.”

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Even after the performance on stage, GRCC students joined the event organizer to learn how to dance the gidha themselves. 

The booth holder for Ukraine offered insight into traditional eggs called “Pysanka” as well as the Ukrainian flag.

“The blue represents the sky and the yellow represents wheat because Ukrainians are hardworking and also provide most of the wheat (supply) worldwide. It also represents the sunflower.., growing many things we are productful, not lazy. It goes against the stereotypes of Ukrainians being lazy,” said Viktoriia Debeliuk, 20. 

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In case you weren’t aware, 2024 is also the year of the dragon on the Chinese calendar, as a part of the 12-animal rotation, according to China’s representative booth holder. 

“Chinese New Year is a big thing with the color red representing it…Each animal has unique personalities. The monkey is very smart, the dragon holds the powers and the tiger is similar to the dragon but on land. Many people want to have a dragon baby, so they will wait 12 years,” said Sue Lin.

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The students who attended the event highlighted the dancing as one of the most memorable parts.

“It was fun to learn about different cultures and to learn a little bit about dancing,” said Isaiah Pierce, 18, of Grand Rapids.

Another student agreed with Pierce, and even had a suggestion of what she would like to see added to the event.

“They’ve done a great job already, it’s hard to say. They should go around more asking people to dance,” said Magdalena Moreno, 18, of Grand Rapids.

Many students admired the educational aspect and cultural awareness that the event raised.

“It’s taught me a lot about certain cultures that I didn’t talk about in school,” said Spencer Caldwell, 26 of Allendale. “It’s good for understanding diversity and different cultures. It’s way more than I expected it to be.” 

Lili Warner, 20 of Grand Rapids, agreed with Caldwell saying that the event was “informing and fun.” She did mention a desire for more activities for the next Culture Fest.

If you’re a GRCC student or will be next year and want to hold a booth when Culture Fest returns, know that the event organizer sends out requests for country representatives via your GRCC student email. 

“This year, we didn’t have any Middle Eastern booths, so maybe next year we can find somebody to represent it,” Kaur said.

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