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UNI unites cultures during the holidays
Story by Sara Wesselmann, UNI University Relations online magazine and public relations assistant
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosted its 10th annual Celebrate the Seasons event on Thursday, Dec. 2 in Maucker Union to celebrate the diverse cultures represented on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
"The majority of people at UNI celebrate Christmas," said Kim Kluesner, student chair of CAB's spotlight committee. "We wanted to promote celebrations from all over the world to make everyone feel at home and make this season representative of all beliefs."
Members of the University of Northern Iowa Tibetan Students (UNITS) and the Hispanic/Latino Student Union (HLSU) were among groups who joined to share their celebrations with students, staff and faculty.
"We are all open to different cultures and want to learn how they celebrate their own holidays," said Kluesner. "It's a great way to get together and interact with different cultures and hear how their family and cultural traditions differ from our own."
Three UNITS members gathered to perform a dance in traditional Tibetan attire. Dance is very important in the life of every Tibetan.
Kavita Dhanwada, associate dean and professor of the College of Natural Sciences, with her family and friends, joined the event, celebrating Diwali, the Hindu religious celebration of India, with decorations that would be hung outside traditional Hindu homes.
"Our celebrations are very symbolic," said Dhanwada. "Diwali is the festival of good conquering all evil."
Despite the lack of snow, UNI celebrated the seasons with a horse-drawn sleigh, touring riders to campus decorations and light displays. Students, faculty and staff warmed up with hot chocolate and holiday snacks as they did arts and crafts, stuff-an-animal and got their picture taken to put in their very own snow globe.
Celebrate the Seasons, as well as all CAB events are free for students, faculty and staff.
|Students show off their own creations of stuffed animals and snow globes at the Celebrate the Seasons event on Thursday, Dec. 2 in Maucker Union.||Indian family members share their Diwali beliefs and decor with UNI.|