Last February 13-16, Cultura, together with the humanities classes, held their signature, week-long event, Asian Week. It’s an annual event that lets you experience Asia in a different point of view. It celebrates various cultures and traditions found in the different places around Asia. They held an Asian Food Fair from Monday through Wednesday. This food fair showcased the different cuisines and delicacies from around the continent. They brought in belly dancers who snaked their bodies to the rhythm and the sound of the music. They also held a Muay Thai exhibition at the MPCC that showed the combat sport from Thailand.
They brought the Indian culture to Enderun, and let the students experience it themselves. They had shisha, which attracted numerous students with its sweet aroma, and had a booth that looked comfortable and relaxing. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, they held Tune It Up, the battle of the bands, where the audience enjoyed the night listening to the musical talents Enderun had to offer. On its last night, they decided to close the event with the Chinese Spring Festival. It was then that I got to experience Chinese heritage at its finest. There were a number of performances like the Umbrella Dance, the Chinese duet and the Wushu exhibition. They also had booths like the Chinese Calligraphy and even a Henna Tattoo booth; there were Chinese games like, Chinese checkers, Chinese Garter and the infamous, Mahjong.
By the end of the night, there was a fireworks display that garnered ohh’s and ahh’s from the spectators. Right after it though, which was considered the highlight of the night, was the lighting and flying of Flying Lanterns. We lit up the lanterns and it littered the sky with lights. For a moment, it looked as if it was the lantern scene from the movie, Tangled, minus a couple hundred lanterns.
All in all, the Asian Week was a success. We didn’t need to get on a plane and fly out of the country to experience Asia, Cultura brought Asia to us. So, I congratulate Cultura for yet another successful event.