Admissions Blog Posts

Celebrating Global Cultures

 

Through my involvement with the Furman University International Student Association (FUISA) and the ASIA Club, I’ve been immersed in a world rich with cultural diversity. These platforms have been incredible learning experiences, allowing me to understand the rich traditions of students from around the globe. Additionally, they have given me a wonderful stage to share the unique aspects of my Nepalese culture.

International Fashion Show

The International Fashion Show, organized by FUISA, is a spectacular event where students from around the globe showcase their traditional attire.

Participating in this event was not only educational but also a profound cultural exchange. Representing Nepal, I wore the “Daura Suruwal”, a revered national dress. Wearing it, I felt a profound connection to my roots and immense pride in sharing Nepalese tradition with my peers at Furman. In a gesture of cultural solidarity, I also chose to represent India by wearing a “Kurtha”. This traditional Indian attire allowed me to bridge cultural boundaries and celebrate the shared heritage and diversity of Nepal and India. Walking the runway in these outfits, I experienced a unique blend of cultural identities.

 

International Dance Festival

 

Organized by FUISA, the International Dance Festival at Furman is a dynamic celebration of cultural expression through dance. As a dancer, witnessing the various cultural dances was a treat for me. I had the exhilarating experience of performing two distinct dance styles, showcasing the cultures of both Nepal and India. First was the “Jhyaure Naach”, a fast-paced Nepali dance that embodies the energetic spirit of Nepal’s rich dance heritage. The rhythmic beats and lively movements of “Jhyaure Naach” highlighted the vibrant and celebratory nature of Nepali culture. Following this, I delved into the colorful realm of Indian dance with a freestyle routine set to popular Indian songs. This performance, rich in diverse styles and expressive freedom, connected me deeply to the lively spirit of Indian dance.

 

Holi- A Festival of Color

 

Collaborating with other students who celebrate Holi, I had the wonderful opportunity to organize Holi, a vibrant and joyous festival celebrated with colors. Holi, often referred to as the “Festival of Colors”, is a traditional Hindu festival that heralds the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. It’s a time when people come together to play, laugh, and douse each other in colorful powders and water, symbolizing unity, joy, and the vibrant hues of spring.Our Holi celebration on campus was a resounding success, attracting an amazing number of students who eagerly participated in the festivities.

It was heartwarming to see everyone immersed in the spirit of Holi, their faces and clothes adorned with a rainbow of colors. The atmosphere was filled with laughterand music, and the air was a canvas of bright powders. Organizing and participating in Holi on campus allowed me to share a significant part of my culture with the Furman community, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the diversity that enriches our university.

 

 

Pratik Shrestha

Class of 2026