NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Free Public Library in collaboration with the New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. will present a Multicultural Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Through the Multicultural Festival, the library is celebrating the diversity of our community and encouraging appreciation for and educating attendees about the rich heritage of other countries.

Some of the celebrations represented include Diwali from India, Day of the Dead from Mexico, Samhain from Ireland, Obon Festival from Japan, Guy Fawkes Day from England, Burning of the Devil from Guatemala, Caribbean festivals, Eid Al Adha from Egypt, Hijra New Year from Morocco, and All Saints Day from Hungary, Honduras, and Poland.

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The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with different crafts representing different cultures. There will be face painting, Henna, displays, presentations, music and dance from each culture.

From noon to 3 p.m., there will be music and dance performances by percussion performer Ujimma, Navrang Dance Academy, American Hungarian Foundation, Instrumental Music with Andean Flutes by Richie Olivera, and La Sagrada Familia folk dance group from Holy Family Parish. Imam Alaa Ahmed, from Islamic Center of South River, will be doing a presentation about Islam and Eid Al Adha.

In addition, a variety of international food will be provided for sampling. Please come and join us for this wonderful, family-friendly community event, which is free and open to the public.

The mission of New Brunswick Cultural Center Inc. is to stimulate the cultural development and economic growth of the arts and entertainment in New Brunswick. Additional sponsors are American Hungarian Foundation, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, Navrang Dance Academy and Rutgers Indian Graduate Student Association, as well as the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library.

From 1-3 p.m., the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be screening for supplemental assistance, and U.S. Census representatives will be on site for recruitment.

The food for this program has been donated by New Brunswick businesses including Gaby’s Bakery, Ay Caramba Seafood Restaurant and Fish market, Costa Chica Mexican Restaurant, Gambino’s Inn, Mollaga Indian Grill in North Brunswick, Saffron Fine Indian Cuisine of Bridgewater.

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of Department of State.

For more information about this event, please contact Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or kavita@lmxac.org or visit www.nbfpl.org.