The York University Tamil Students Association is the overall first
place winner of Multicultural Week 2010.
Photo by Mehran
The Multicultural Parade,
the first major event of the week, started right after the Opening Ceremonies.
The drumming began and the students got off to an enthusiastic start. Many wore
colorful traditional clothes and waved their countries’ flags as they walked
down the streets and through buildings of the York University campus.
The York University Tamil
Students Association took first place in the Multicultural Parade.
The Global Fashion Show
event included not only the typical catwalk and showing off clothes from
different countries, but also dances and music from around the world. First
place went to the Indian Cultural Association.
At the Global Village, colorful displays represented the different cultural
organizations. The event gave people the chance to learn about and develop
respect for different cultures.
The Afghan Students Association won first place in the Global Village event with
its display, which included an instrument called a harmonium. At one point,
members of the Afghan Students Association gathered around the harmonium and
clapped while another member played.
Members of the Afghan Students Association enjoy their time in the Global
Village while the harmonium is being played.
Photo by Mehran
One of the members of the Afghan Students Association said that music is a big
part of Afghan culture.
The last event of Multicultural Week was the Stage Performances, in
which students represented their cultures through different types of dances.
Before Set 2 of the event, which started at night, the long line of waiting
students got overcrowded, and arguments broke out. Students waited more than an
hour to get inside the theater, but once inside they cheered loudly for the
University Tamil Students Association won first place in the Stage Performances
as well, and became the overall first place winner of the Multicultural Week
Before Multicultural Week
began, the York University newspaper Excalibur ran an article suggesting
that Multicultural Week competition destroyed relations between organizations
and prevented students from respecting other cultures.
The competition motivates
organizations, but at the same time it’s better to stay out of the competition
if you want to respect other cultures, said Roya Aman, a second year Kinesiology
student at York and a member of the Afghan Students Association.
But students don’t just compete in Multicultural Week for the prize, said
Mubaraka Kachwala, a third year Biomedical Science student and a member of the
Indian Cultural Association. She said she thinks they also do it to learn about
and unite with other cultures.
“This is a good platform to learn more about different cultures and interact
with different people,” Kachwala said.
Blagojce Kominovski, a
third year Accounting student and president of the Macedonian Students
Association, described this interaction between all the different cultures in
one place as something that you can only experience at York.
The event is about being
proud of your own culture and also being proud of the fact that Canada
recognizes your culture, said Viktorija Milenkovski, a fourth year History
student and a member of the Macedonian Students Association.
“Even though we are all
from different cultures we have many similarities and come together as one in
this great week,” said Haroon Noorzada, a third year IT student at York and a
member of the Afghan Students Association.
Multicultural Week shows that there is a chance for peace and freedom in the
world by all the students showing one another respect and love,” Noorzada said.