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Celebrations Around the World is Friday

Shown is the group of individuals who shared their culture and traditions with the public during Celebrations Around the World last December. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — What is the significance of Mexico’s Day of the Dead? What does the Hand of Fatima mean to the people of Morocco? What are the traditions of our German or Norwegian ancestors?

Find the answers to all of these questions — and learn more about people, customs and holiday traditions — during Celebrations Around the World, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.

For this annual event, the Minnesota West Culture Corner, the Nobles County Integration Collaborative and the Minnesota West Foundation bring together representatives from Worthington’s diverse population to share their cultures and traditions through music, food and educational displays.

Nearly 30 different countries will be represented at the event, according to Le Lucht, coordinator of Multi-Cultural Affairs and Diversity at the Minnesota West Worthington campus. Among those participating in the event are international students attending Worthington High School or Minnesota West, as well as individuals and families who have come to Worthington from other parts of the world.

Lucht said two families from El Salvador will share information about their home country, while two students from South Korea and one from Liberia will also have booths to showcase their homeland.

Ethiopia-Oromo, Eritrea and Thailand will be represented as well.

“I have a student, she’s from Mexico, and for her art class she made a sculpture for Day of the Dead, so she’s going to explain the Day of the Dead celebration,” Lucht said.

Meanwhile, Lucht and her husband, Larry, traveled to Morocco and will talk about the meaning of the Hand of Fatima in this Muslim nation.

Throughout the evening there will be a variety of entertainment, including performances by Aztec dancers, the Minnesota West choir and the Worthington High School Chamber Orchestra.

“There are several students from the high school singing and playing instruments,” Lucht added.

Celebrations around the World is open to people of all ages. There is an admission fee, which is tax deductible as all proceeds support scholarships for students of diversity at Minnesota West. Children ages 14 and younger are admitted free.

Attendees should use the north entrance of the Minnesota West Administration Building. Upon purchase of a ticket, guests will receive a plate for food samples and a program that lists presenters and a schedule of entertainment. Booths are set up in the lobby, hallways and cafeteria.

“I just hope that a lot of people come and support not only Minnesota West but our diverse community here in southwest Minnesota,” Lucht said.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at farmbleat.areavoices.com.

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