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With a procession of bright flags and students in traditional dress, Barry University opened the 19th Annual Festival of Nations, a celebration of cultural diversity on campus, as part of Homecoming in February.
Festival of Nations, sponsored by the Office of International and Multicultural Programs, offers international students a chance to share their cultural pride with peers, faculty, and staff. This year, 16 countries were represented, from The Bahamas to South Korea.
International students sign up weeks in advance. They decorate booths with posters, artwork, textiles, and souvenirs, often enlisting the help of friends, parents, and tourism boards. The day also features a global blend of live music, dance, and cuisine.
Saudi Arabian students won the “best booth” competition, wowing visitors with floor cushions, tea and sweets, incense, traditional dresses, and henna tattoos. Venezuelan students, who came in second, raised awareness about ongoing protests in their country. Snapping photos and using social media hashtags, they called for prayers for Venezuela and encouraged solidarity with college students back home.
“We are here to spread a world message,” said sophomore Maria Medina. “We are all nations united in one word: peace.”