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Saudi National Day

Saudi National Day- It was a national event hosted by all the students from Saudi Arabia.

Our president, Dr. Golden, and the host of this event, Saeed who is an international student from Saudi Arabia, delivered a speech for opening this event at Fontbonne.

At this event, they offered the traditional delicious food and cultural art of Saudi. Also, you can see most Arabic people wear their formal cultural dress, it was so fantastic. If you’re interested in their clothing, you can have a chance to wear their traditional clothing and take a picture with them. One more popular thing is they make a tattoo for you; tattooing is a very important art to their women. At the Saudi National Day event, they offered a free service to make a temporary tattoo, which will disappear in 2 weeks.

After I ate their food, I found they ate a lot of lamb. It’s not common to eat lamb in our country, so I was so excited I saw so much lamb in this event, and it was so delicious. I need to say it’s the best lamb I’ve eaten. Moreover, their pita bread, hummus, greens and rice were also so yummy!

At Fontbone, the biggest population of international students is Saudi Arabian students. Before I went to Fontbonne, I had no idea about Saudi; the only one thing I know is there is a lot of oil in their country. However, since I have arrived at Fontbonne, I made many friends from Saudi Arabia, and they’re all so nice and friendly to me. I really like to talk with them and hang out with them.

Like this event, I feel so honored I was invited by Saeed, and I felt happy I was there to join their national day together. There was so much fun in this event. I’m looking forward to joining it next year.

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Hi there, Fontbonne,

Today’s blog is just an overall post about my week. First off, it’s the LAST week of September! Man, we’re coming to October already! Isn’t that exciting? Time has been flying by faster than ever. Now we’re going to have one busy, busy October. Just keep an eye out for upcoming events with FISH, FISA, Students for Life, and many more.

The spark of this week was Saudi National Day. I believe it’s the very first celebration event for our Saudi Arabian students to host at Fontbonne. It was amazing!!

As you walk into DSAC’s gymnasium, they had a table near the front left side with their tea, dates (some type of fruit? Maybe.) and small snacks. The tea had a very strong taste to it. I can’t really describe it, but I thought of medicine when I drank it. Then they had tables (starting from the left) with different things about their country.

The first table that I went to had a guy who wrote your name in Arabic! Pretty neat. I learned that they actually start writing from the right to the left. How unexpectedly cool! At the next table, I met Soma (not sure how to spell her name correctly) and Kululd who were showing us some of the clothing that older Saudi Arabian wore. They were very gorgeous. Then they had two ladies at the Henna tattoo table. One lady did the tattooing and the other made sure people signed their names to reserve their turns. It’s not actual tattooing, so don’t worry :) The art is a form of flowers and dots and is just elegant in general.

Are you wondering if they had food? Of course they did! The buffet was on the other side of the gym and yes, it was delicious. I don’t really know the names of the meals but there was salad, lamb meat (I think), rice, some sort of mashed food, and sweet stuff. I had a bit of everything so I was satisfied. In the center of the gym, they were playing music and did a little bit of dancing. I loved it! Also, most of the male Saudi students were dressed in their traditional clothes, so it was pretty nice. Then they also had a set-up of things from Saudi Arabia, like a rug, a small chair, pictures of the city, and the flags of Saudi Arabia and United States. Izzy and I got the chance to a piece of their clothing! It was all black, and the hijab (female headdress) was covered around our heads and faces. Then we took photos in the set-up. I had so much fun!

That’s all for the week. I hope some of you were able to attend the event as well! Have a great weekend :)

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