Celebration highlights culture and spirit of Arab-Americans in Oregon

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Beaverton resident Hadi Nouredine, president of Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon, shares a collection artifacts on display at last year's festival.The public is invited Sunday to “Mahrajan,” the largest celebration of Arab heritage and culture in Oregon.

Now in its fourth year, this celebration is hosted by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon and sponsored by the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College and Oregon Health & Science SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dabke dancers will once again perform Middle Eastern folk dancing during Sunday's festival.

Festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the PCC Sylvania Campus' Performing Arts Center Lobby and Courtyard, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.

An entrance donation of $5 includes three raffle tickets; individual raffle tickets are available for purchase on site for $2 each. Free parking will be available in lots nine and 11.

Visitors will be treated to Arab cuisine from Taste of Lebanon, Arabic coffee, tea and refreshments from Sesame Donuts, an Arab souq (bazaar), arts and crafts, henna painting, cooking demonstrations, an art show, music, dancing, a fashion show of Arab attire from throughout the Middle East, children’s activities and a raffle for prizes.

This day-long, alcohol-free and tobacco-free event showcases the arts, entertainment, food, traditions, and most importantly, the spirit of Oregon’s Arab-Americans and their contributions to Oregon’s cultural landscape.

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