New Hampshire’s history as a vibrant and diverse community was on full display at the annual Concord Multicultural Festival, which brought different cultures to Keach Park in Concord on September 18.
New American Scholars proudly sponsored and participated in this year’s celebratory event. President and founder Riyah Patel joined the other attendees in sampling food, taking in performances, and admiring art from different regions of the world.
In one of the marquee events at the festival, Patel carried the Pakistan flag during the Parade of Flags, which honored the more than 70 countries represented during the celebration.
“The Multicultural Festival is a celebration of what makes each of us special and unique. It fosters respect, open-mindedness and appreciation for other cultures and perspectives,” Patel said. “And while cultural diversity should be celebrated every day, today we pay special tribute to all the cultures and customs that enrich our community and make it strong and vibrant.”
In total, there were 13 food vendors that included Caribbean cuisine, Nepali momos, Mexican tamales and jollof rice, beef stew, chicken and meat pies from Somalia and Ghana.
The variety of cuisines were complemented by 15 performances throughout the day that included Burundian drummers, a Chinese lion dance ceremony, Irish dancers, and Nepali folk and classical music, among others.