The sounds of music from around the world greeted Lancaster County residents as they walked into Lancaster Square on Saturday, June 18th, to celebrate World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day is a chance for refugees to celebrate and share their cultures and customs with their new American neighbors. Everyone enjoyed experiencing a wide variety of food, music, songs, dances, traditional dress, and art from many different countries.
There was spicy meat and beans from Addisu Ethiopian Restuarant, Nepali and Middle Eastern food from Upohar, a local catering business, and Cuban sandwiches, tamales, and coffee from the Cuban Corner, a Cuban sandwich truck.
There was a wide range of music too, including songs and dances from Nepali, Chin Burmese, and Karen Burmese children. There was also an Iraqi keyboardist, Japanese drummers, a Cuban family singing and playing instruments, and an Eritrean vocalist.
There was a great turnout and we can't wait to see everyone back again next year to help celebrate!
Karen Burmese Dancers
Photos courtesy of Jon Brandau, www.tripletreephotography.com