Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

How Faribault celebrated its cultural diversity on one day in August August 22, 2015

The flag ceremony featured national anthems and information about the countries from which Faribault residents have originated.

The flag ceremony featured national anthems and information about the countries from which Faribault residents have originated.

FRIENDS, FLAGS, FOOD, FUN…all melded in Faribault Saturday for the 10th annual International Festival Faribault.

Representing the country of Sudan.

Representing the country of Sudan.

Despite a fierce wind that ripped tent poles from the ground and hastened events along under a forecast of stormy weather, nothing could quell the enthusiasm for this gathering.

Friends

Friends

Friends

Friends

Festival, friends 3

Friends

Smiles abounded. Everywhere.

The festival was truly a family event for all cultures.

The festival was truly a family event for all cultures.

It was a feel-good family event,

Pork and plenty of cilantro.

Pork and plenty of cilantro.

an opportunity to try ethnic foods,

An Aztec dancer

A dancer from Ollin Ayacaxtly Aztec Dancers.

An Aztec dancer's costume details.

An Aztec dancer’s costume details.

Aztec dancers

Aztec dancers

a place to be entertained by skillful dancers,

Kids used markers to create flags from their native countries.

Kids used markers to create flags from their native countries.

an educational day,

Flags representing Faribault residents lined the sidewalk.

Flags representing Faribault residents lined the sidewalk.

Henna art

Henna art

Attendees watch the flag ceremony.

On stage and off, cultures mingled.

a mingling of the many cultures that call Faribault home.

A candid moment: just two boys on bikes.

A candid moment: just two boys on bikes.

I am grateful for festivals like this in my southeastern Minnesota community. When I see the togetherness, especially among the children, I have hope.

Beautiful henna art.

Beautiful henna art.

Hope that we can see beyond the color of our skin,

Just a kid having fun.

Just a kid having fun.

beyond the differences in language and dress and food to that which unites us—the fact that we are all people, just people.

FYI: Please check back for more photos from the International Festival Faribault.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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14 Responses to “How Faribault celebrated its cultural diversity on one day in August”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    What a joyful post, Audrey! I love the candid people photos… and the food looks dee lish!! As you said, we are all people, and I think we all long to be accepted and loved.

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    One day a year is seemingly not enough…especially to showcase the food – yum! This reminds me of a local Festival of Nation. I’ve been to the one in St. Paul several times. It is always interesting to immerse yourself in diverse culture.

  3. Lisa Simons Says:

    Though the wind was a bummer, at least it wasn’t raining! It was awesome to see this day happen again! I like what Dan said, though, that one day isn’t enough. Still fun! So proud to live in such a rich place!

  4. Lisa Simons Says:

    And thank you for the lovely post!

  5. hotlyspiced Says:

    It looks like a great day of coming together and celebrating what draws us together, rather than what divides us. The girl holding the Sudanese flag is very beautiful. I love the look of the pork and coriander dish xx

  6. Beth Ann Says:

    Great look inside a wonderful day. The pork with tons of cilantro would have been a hit with me and I love the face painting and henna tattoo art. Beautiful as well inspirational when cultures can come together. Now let’s expand it to more than just a day, right? 🙂

  7. Jackie Says:

    You captured some amazing shots Audrey, it’s so neat that this event has stood the time of 10 years! It’s obviously a very important part of Faribault’s community. I especially like to photo’s of the Aztec dancers, so colorful!


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