LAU hosted the annual International Heritage Day celebration last Wednesday in front of the Fine Arts building.
Flags from Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, the United States of America, Greece, Armenia and France colored the campus.
Every year, different clubs get together to celebrate their countries’ heritage through a colorful display of traditional foods and costumes, posters, documentaries and other media.
“It is a really great way to see what other countries are most famous for,” an LAU freshman said.
Tina Strikou, a 33-year-old student at the American University of Beirut, came all the way to LAU to help organize this event. “I am part of the Greek club and the Greek Association in Beirut,” she said. “We have brought with us historical information leaflets and posters as well as many touristic artifacts.”
Greece is known for its Mediterranean cuisine. “Our food is very similar to the Lebanese food, so we did not really need to bring much,” Strikou added.
Students, staff and faculty members joined efforts to make this event successful. Outsiders also chipped in sometimes.
“This year, it has been very hectic and we basically had to go to our embassies to see if they are able to give us anything that we can use for today,” Nadia Al Huqail, international affairs student at LAU, said. The embassy did help and so did the students’ parents and friends.
Many dance performances were choreographed especially for this event. The Palestinian dance and the Lebanese dabke were particularly successful.
Saudi Arabian students also brought their traditions all the way to LAU. A henna specialist decorated the hands of people interested.
“We have a lot of different traditions back home, but some people do not know the importance of henna and how we use it, especially before our weddings,” Dana Al Tabash, a 19-year-old business student, said.
By Lyn Abu-Seraj
LAU Tribune staff