The scent of royalty in the air, a combination of some fine cuisine, beautiful white dresses and smiling faces. Arabs know how to create a scene. The local Saudi community organized their cultural night and amazed everyone, proving that they are second to none Friday, April 26.
Every country has its unique cultural which is beautiful in its own way. Saudi Arabia has a rich culture which is shaped by its Islamic heritage and historical role as a trade center. Being at the center of important trade routes, the Arabian people were enriched by many different civilizations’ cultures.
Saudi Student Association is one of the largest international student community at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Every year, SSA represents its culture in a unique way. This time SSA organized Saudi Cultural Night to give this semester a happy ending.
The CSU Ballroom was adorned with beautiful soft lights. Saudi cultural dresses and some fascinating scents were presented on stalls. The event began with a mesmerizing recitation of the Holy Quran. After that, a young man and a beautiful lady took over the stage to continue the event. Some of the guests were called on stage with honor to talk about Saudi culture and share their experiences about Saudi Arabia and Islam. The hosts introduced Anne Dahlman, Dean of the Global Education program at the University. Dahlman then went on to share her knowledge about Saudi culture.
After that, some historical information about Saudi Arabia was shown to the audience, focusing on the future agendas of the government and paying tribute to their kings. There was a free iPhone to win for the audience for answering questions about Saudi Arabia. A young boy answered all the tricky questions and won the iPhone.
The next segment became a favorite of all when some Saudi students came on the stage in their beautiful dresses with swords in their hands, swinging them in the air and creating a rhythmic scene.
Finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for. The host announced that the food was ready to be served. Everything was delicious, but the chicken and rice added delight to every plate.
The event continued after the food. A couple of dance performances were presented again. Finally, the national anthem of Saudi Arabia was played and everyone was requested to stand in honor. It gave a momentary end to the night.
Header photo by Mansoor Ahmad | MSU Reporter.