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By Christina Vazquez

CCC Journalism Program

On April 19 the Connector Building was transformed for International Day. The festival is meant to celebrate the different cultures students share at Camden County College.

This celebration provided a great atmosphere to get to know cultures in an open discussion. Each station allowed guests to peek into another world, ask questions and participate in the festivities.

If you walk over to India, you could receive a free Henna Tattoo.

Bijal Patel from Blackwood is in her third semester and wore her native dress from India. Patel shared the art of Henna tattooing for the public.

“Henna tattoos are most commonly done for wedding ceremonies and are placed often on the foot, leg, arm and hands of women,” said Patel.

If you stopped in Nigeria, Damilola Adedeji could break down the political conditions of his native country.  Adedeji lives in Camden and is in his second semester.

Adedeji said Nigeria is more advanced in technology than United States.

He also said that Nigeria is one of the richest countries in Africa.

“Nigeria has the same economic classes as the US, rich, middle class, and poor,” said Adedeji. “My friends at home think that I am rich because I live in America, but I try to tell them that is not the case, although I do enjoy more freedoms here.”

If you stopped over in China, Yao Yu would give you a quick history lesson. Yu lives in Blackwood and is completing her second semester. Her native town is Hangzhou China. Her table was the most colorful and busy.

She was very informed and helpful in explaining traditional tools and arts as well as sharing popular cultural items from present time.

“Jade is very pure and important,” said Yu. “It is used for a variety of purposes in the Chinese community and come in different colors.”

Jade is used on the dead to preserve bodies, used as jewelry or kept around the house to bring good luck and fortune.

In the video above, you see the knots that are made to hang, most commonly in the front of the house, in the window, so that a person leaves in peace and returns peaceful.

The same goes for the Chinese paper cutting, another traditional Chinese folk art. They hang these to ward off evil spirits and serve as good luck for weddings.

If you were lucky, you could catch the students from Korea share their music and performance art. Sung Won Oh was wearing folkloric performance attire while she performed a traditional Book Choom (drum dance) for the guests.

“The dance represents sound from the sky, like making earth, a resonating sound from the earth, “ said Oh.

Oh lives in Cherry Hill and is in her second semester.

She’s been playing since sixth grade and enjoys performing for cultural events.

“It’s a chance for me to represent Korea and for others to learn more about us,” said Oh.

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