Afghan Student Union Hosts Afghan Culture Night

By Arham Muhammad, Contributor

On April 11 in the Hub Ballroom, the Afghan Student Union organized Afghan Culture Night as a part of International Week at Mason. The night attracted a plethora of students from different parts of the world to celebrate diversity at Mason and Afghan culture.

The guests participated in several activities, such as the Afghan traditional dance.

The audience danced in the middle of the Hub Ballroom to Afghan traditional music.

Pinlin Lin, a freshman from China, was excited to experience a new and different culture from his own.

“I am happy to join the festival with a lot of new people I can meet here and of course fun dances like this and this is very new for me,” Lin said. “By doing this, I can really feel a new culture that I never experienced before.”

The food was another highlight of the event. Attendees enjoyed traditional Afghan cuisine.

Ahmed Sharif, a student majoring in Cyber Security, said, “The food is nice with a lot of different varieties. The rice is tasty too, well cooked.”

Fahim Mohammad, a Mason alumni, has his own story from Afghan Culture Night. As an Afghan who lived in the U.S. for almost two decades, the festival has a meaningful impact on him.

“I think this event brings great memories from back home when we used to dance, go to parties, get together with friends and families. In my opinion, we should have more events, and concerts like this to encourage young Afghan and share tradition, music, and fun along with our friends in America,” Mohammad said.

Mason International Week offers many events and cultural activities, which will take place until April 15.

Photos by Arham Muhammad