Community members gathered at Twin Falls City Park on Friday, June 18, to celebrate the local refugee community and connect with new people. Nine countries were represented through food, music, dance and poetry.
“We love for people to try our traditional foods,” Noor Zohiry, who served food at the Iraq tent with her husband, told the Times-News. (Check out that great feature and pictures here.)
Hundreds of people gathered for the event, which was spread out throughout the park and hosted by the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Programs. Kids played water games and got their faces painted with colorful designs, while adults chatted over dinner.
“I think it’s the most special event our community has each year,” attendee Kasi Allen told the Times-News.
It was great to be together again, especially after last year's event was all online to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Boise's World Refugee Day block parties are coming up this Saturday, June 26. Learn more here.
Author: Holly Beech
Idaho Office for Refugees Communications Manager