Celebrating winter holidays from around the world

Dec. 15, 2005 1 p.m.
Frist holiday festival

Daiki (left) and Keiko Nishioka squirted frosting onto a gingerbread house during the Frist Campus Center's Winter Holiday Festival.

At left: Members of the audience were invited to participate in a West African drumming demonstration.
Below: Seniors Caroline Cheng (left) and Vinitha Jacob sharpened their skills in the knitting circle. Representatives from Pins and Needles, a local knitting and needlepoint store, provided instruction and advice to novice and experienced knitters.

Frist holiday festival

  Photos: John Jameson

Students, faculty and staff took advantage of the opportunity to learn about winter holidays from around the world during the Frist Campus Center's Winter Holiday Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Participants enjoyed live music, a variety of holiday desserts and beverages and classic holiday films during the festival, which was part of the center's yearlong fifth anniversary celebration.

The Chinese Students Association and Akwaaba, the African students association, hosted regional holiday exhibits showcasing their respective cultures and how they celebrate the winter holidays. Members of the Religious Life Council staffed an Interfaith Holiday Table and were on hand to answer questions regarding various faiths and holiday traditions. 

Frist holiday festival

Live music included a West African drumming demonstration in which audience participation was encouraged. A string quartet of Princeton University Orchestra members and a Klezmer quartet featuring members of the Klez Dispensers also performed.

Other activities included holiday cookie, gingerbread house and ornament decorating, a knitting circle and a coat drive.

The Winter Holiday Festival was sponsored by the Frist Campus Center, Athletes in Action, Dining Services, Fields Center, International Center, Pace Center and Religious Life Council.

The yearlong celebration is commemorating the Frist Campus Center's completion of five years of service to the campus community. It will continue with every Frist Center Stage program and culminate with Fristfest Weekend at the end of the spring semester.