Various cultures were represented Wednesday December 1, at the annual Festival of Lights program at Vol State, in addition to the usual focus on Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Fettework Mecha is a student originally from Ethiopia and performed two songs from the Ethiopian Greek Orthodox Church. She said that she was performing church music for Christmas.
Students, faculty and staff were lining up to get their name written in calligraphy by Japanese student Yuko Tanaka.
“I want to introduce the Japanese culture,” said Tanaka. She said that in Japan, students learn calligraphy from elementary age, and continue to practice throughout the years.
The showstoppers performed a few holiday songs, and student Patrick Orianus sang one of his original songs while playing the piano.
Students seemed to enjoy the holiday food and beverages while watching the festivities.
Larry Leftwich said that he wanted to participate to try to catch the Christmas spirit.
At the end of the festival, the different departments at Vol State hung an ornament on the tree to officially start the holiday season.
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