A Night in Old San Antonio

It’s Fiesta month!

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Fiesta began in 1891 as a one-parade event in San Antonio, and today, it consists of many festivals, events, and parades taking place around the city over a couple of weeks.  Fiesta is a celebration of San Antonio’s myriad of cultures and commemoration of historic heroes.  This year, Fiesta events lasted from April 10th to April 27th.

One of the most popular Fiesta events is A Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA).  NIOSA is a four-day event that takes place in the downtown village of La Villita, which has fifteen cultural areas that represent the early immigrants that settled in the San Antonio area.  Each cultural area provides unique food, drinks, entertainment, and goods specific to the culture.

NIOSA is always a spectacular sight to see.  There are crowds of people wearing elaborate hats and headbands, and there are brightly-colored wreaths and decorations everywhere.  Cascarones (confetti-filled eggshells) are also sold throughout the event area, and people typically break the cascarones over people’s heads in good-spirited fun.

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There is a variety of food and drinks to choose from, too, and some popular choices include the preparada, a fruit cocktail with chamoy, chili lime, and fresh fruits, and Mr. Chicken’s skewered fried chicken with a jalapeño.

Overall, there are over 100 Fiesta events that take place each April.  Attending the events is a great way to enjoy yourself, learn something about the history of San Antonio, and help raise money for different local organizations.

Multicultural Celebration …. December 3, 2012

 

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Our NOSA (National Optometric Student Association) chapter at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry organized its 2nd Annual Multicultural event today.  The event was made possible through generous support from Bausch & Lomb and Walmart.

Students and staff members came forth and put together beautiful tables to represent their ethnicity, religions and cultures. Representatives at different booths presented posters, artwork, facts and various beautiful and symbolic items from their individual cultures. The attendees had the opportunity to walk around and visit the tables, ask questions and learn about different cultures and their traditions.

This year we had booths about India, Hinduism, Germany, Greece, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, China, Iran, Pakistan, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, and Spain.

All the representatives had an excellent presentation to highlight their cultures and traditions. To top it all, all the representatives even presented us with delicious foods from their countries and cultures. My personal favorite were the Buneulos (I think thats how you spell it?) which are crispy Mexican snacks, made at special events like Christmas, birthdays, etc.

UIWRSO has always celebrated the diversity that is represented by its students and this event was no different. This event was definitely culturally enriching and an incredible learning experience to all those who attended. Last year’s event was a tremendous success but this year’s event may have managed to top it.

All the volunteers and representatives put in a lot of hard work and effort to make this event a lot of fun!!!