The International Students Club is hosting their annual Festival of Nations celebration Saturday.
The event will be held in the Muenster University Center Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Festival of Nations is an event meant to recognize the diverse population of people at the University of South Dakota and the Vermillion area.
It will feature food from a number of different countries as well as performances from different cultures as entertainment.
Junior Nida Khokhar, vice president of the International Students Club, said the Festival of Nations is an important experience for people.
“People can experience the diverse cultures present at USD and Vermillion,” Khokhar said. “They can experience what other cultures are like.”
Khokhar said this experience of other cultures will be available through the samples of food as well as the performances.
“Some people will even dress up in their typical culture wear,” Khokhar said. “People can see what they wear and what they eat.”
Khokhar said she hopes students and community members will be able to take something away from the celebration.
“Hopefully they will learn something new about other cultures,” Khokhar said.
Khokhar, who has attended the event for the past two years, said most people enjoy trying the different foods and watching the performances.
Khokhar also said more community members have attended the event in the past than students.
Junior Gina Mairose, treasurer of the International Students Club, said she joined her freshman year after being tossed in the mix with international students.
“My roommate was from Switzerland and I became friends with her friends and decided to join for the people in it,” Mairose said.
Mairose said she wants students to recognize the diversity of the USD campus.
“I don’t think a lot of students realize all of the different minorities and cultures on campus,” Mairose said.
Mairose said the event has always just been fun.
“I remember a time from last year during a performance when we were all just clapping together and having a good time,” Mairose said.
Mairose said she hopes the people attending the festival learn something.
“I hope that they all see the diversity we have here and maybe make some new friends,” Mairose said.