The Reston Multicultural Festival is an annual celebration of our community’s cultural diversity and probably my favorite local event of the year. With live music, dance performances, colorful costumes, ethnic food, a global market, a book fair, an art exhibit, and kids crafts, this festival has something for everyone. Here are some of my photos from this year’s festival, which took place on September 24, 2016 at Lake Anne Plaza.

      Presentation of Colors by the South Lakes High School JROTC
      Presentation of Colors by the South Lakes High School JROTC

      New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony
      New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony

       

      New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony
      New U.S. citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony

       

      Release of doves from Cornucopia Farms
      Release of doves from Cornucopia Farms

       

      Dragon Dancers processional
      Dragon Dancers processional

      Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dancer)
      Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dancer)

      Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)
      Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)

      Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)
      Tradiciones Bolivian (Bolivian dance)

      Finger puppets in the Global Market
      Finger puppets in the Global Market

      Children’s crafts
      Children’s crafts

      Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)
      Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)

      Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)
      Mosaic Harmony (gospel choir)

      Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)
      Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)

      Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)
      Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)

      Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)
      Kalavaridhi (Indian Dance)

      Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)
      Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)

      Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)
      Japanese Culture Club (Kimono fashion show)

      Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)
      Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)

      Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)
      Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)

      Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)
      Taiko Drums (Japanese drumming)

      Furia Flamenca (Flamenco dance)
      Furia Flamenca (Flamenco dance)

      Learning origami (Japanese paper folding)
      Learning origami (Japanese paper folding)

      Origami (Japanese paper folding)
      Origami (Japanese paper folding)

      With the Bronze Bob statue
      With the Bronze Bob statue

       

      Sherman Holmes Project (soul, blues, and gospel)
      Sherman Holmes Project (soul, blues, and gospel)

      Janka Nabay (Sierra Leone Bubu music)
      Janka Nabay (Sierra Leone Bubu music)

      Turkish dancer
      Turkish dancer

      Turkish dancers
      Turkish dancers

      Angel Roman (belly dancing)
      Angel Roman (belly dancing)

      Belly dancer
      Belly dancer

       


      This article, written and photographed by Charlotte Geary, originally appeared in Modern Reston magazine.

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