Posted by: Fredda Sacharow | April 17, 2012

Explore Great Cultures of the World at Rutgers Day

Visitors to Rutgers Day 2011 get a taste of Latino culture.

Leave your passport at home. Rutgers Day will feature dozens of
international venues you can “visit” without the hassle of a train or
plane ride.

Children – and adults – will enjoy pageantry and drama on College Avenue
when the Confucius Institute presents Chinese Opera for Kids, one of the
day’s most popular destinations. Colorful costumes and instruments will
take center stage as the ancient art form enchants visitors.

And how about a taste of la dolce vita? Stroll over to the tent housing
the Rutgers Department of Italian and the Rutgers Italian Club, also on
College Avenue, where you’ll be invited to converse in the language of
Dante and Verdi while drinking in the sights and sounds of one of the
globe’s most art-drenched venues.

For the fashion-conscious (or the merely curious), the Korean Students
Association will offer a chance to model a hanbok, the traditional and
rare garment that traces its origins to the Third Century BCE. These
vibrantly colored tops and bottoms were worn to celebrate milestones such
as a child’s first birthday or a wedding. It’s also happening on College
Avenue.

Then board an invisible flying carpet to the French West Indies, where the
Haitian Students Association will sponsor Caribbean Carnival: Haiti, at
the Life Sciences area on Busch Campus. You’ll celebrate the culture of
this island nation – the first independent country in Latin America and
the Caribbean — by making decorative masks and beaded necklaces.

Next stop: Armenia. Or Japan. Taiwan or the Philippines. The world is
yours to explore, and you have all of Rutgers Day to take the grand tour.


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