Multicultural Festival

To recognize the rich diversity of our student body, Stone Bridge held the Multicultural Festival on March 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and teetering off after a celebratory evening somewhere between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  

Our Bulldogs are a widely diverse group of people whose variety of cultures intertwine beautifully into a melting pot of heritage.

”Our students want to be represented,” Spanish teacher Rashmi Wright said. “They’re proud of their cultural heritage and they want that to be known and celebrated.”

Tables lined the main hall where students shared food and facts about their respective countries, displaying homemade dishes and colorful decorations in an eye-catching set-up. 

“Food is a really big part of our culture in India, and we share a lot of our community through food,” senior Niki Majumdar said. “So, I think sharing food is just my way of showing love to the community and letting people have cool experiences with new flavors.”

Among the tables representing different nations, activities were strewn about for visitors to engage with while dance lessons were held in the auxiliary gym, and performances were hosted in the auditorium (including a fashion show). 

“I want to inspire more people to get to know Chinese culture through this event,” Briar Woods senior Sophia Pringle said about running the calligraphy stand. 

They’re proud of their cultural heritage and they want that to be known and celebrated.

— Rashmi Wright

All areas of the festival were crowded with people, including those eager to learn and engage with the various cultures and those excited to share their colorful heritage in turn.

“I wanted to see the performances of the different cultures and the food and all the aspects of the different cultures,” junior Sachi Kadakia said.

Organizers and participants of the event hope its success and positive feedback will leave a lasting impression on the students at Stone Bridge, whether it be through increasing participation next year or simply widening perspectives. 

“I think students will have more insight into other cultures at the school rather than just one or two,” Kadakia said. “That way they can be more open to other cultures after this event.”