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NAB showcases cultural holiday traditions

Published 12/6/18

Colby Luper

TNE Writer

The Northeastern Activities Board is presenting a cultural holiday wall during the final week of the fall semester. The purpose of the event is to allow students to explore and learn about holiday traditions from various countries. The holiday wall is inside the University Center lobby and is available for students to examine all week long during the last week of classes.

“The cultural holiday wall can be found right outside the River’s Edge,” said Seth Clark, NAB president. “It shows how different countries decorate their trees. Next to each tree we have included some information about the holiday traditions of the country that the tree represents.”

International students from over 50 countries attend NSU. The cultural holiday wall’s purpose is to display diversity while educating those unfamiliar with holiday traditions from other countries. Some of the countries included in the cultural holiday wall are France, Australia and Japan.

“I organized this event as a way of just seeing different traditions that other countries have for the holiday season,” said Dawsyn Smith, NAB culture chair. “I wanted to have an event that celebrates the holidays and is also inclusive of different cultures. I know NSU has a large international student population, so this event is just as much a look at cultures that exist right here at NSU as it is a look at cultures from around the world.”

The members of NAB researched the information about the different traditions displayed in the cultural holiday wall. They also received input from international students about how to accurately present these traditions as they would exist in their respective countries. Smith and the NAB members who put the event together wanted to make sure the representations of holiday traditions from other countries are presented accurately and respectfully in order to honor the cultures each tradition comes from.

“I am an international student from South Africa, and I think it is really cool to see NSU embracing its own diversity,” said Elliot Njita, International Student Organization member. “As an international student, sometimes it is really easy to get homesick, especially around the holidays. This event and others like it make being away from home during this time of the year a little easier.”

The cultural holiday wall is one of the final NAB events for this fall semester. Another is a Finals First Aid event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 in the John Vaughan Library. This event is geared towards finals week preparation, offering study tips and test taking strategies. During finals week, NAB is also holding their bi-annual Late Night Breakfast. This semester’s Late Night Breakfast begins at 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 in the UC Market Cafe.

NAB is giving the community ample time to view the cultural holiday wall. It is available all day from Monday, Dec. 3 to Friday, Dec. 7 in the UC lobby.

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