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  • Alyssa Gao, 8, of Naperville gets some henna artwork drawn on her hand Sunday by Moonus Sheikh of Oswego at the Islamic Center of Naperville booth during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.

      Alyssa Gao, 8, of Naperville gets some henna artwork drawn on her hand Sunday by Moonus Sheikh of Oswego at the Islamic Center of Naperville booth during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Shannon Bierowicz of Naperville, a student with Elite Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do, demonstrates using a sword Sunday during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.

      Shannon Bierowicz of Naperville, a student with Elite Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do, demonstrates using a sword Sunday during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Gabriela Mincikova and Michaelle Kneznik from the Veselica Slovak Folk Dancing and Singing group perform Sunday during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.

      Gabriela Mincikova and Michaelle Kneznik from the Veselica Slovak Folk Dancing and Singing group perform Sunday during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Elite Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do student Ethan Smola, 7, of Naperville demonstrates using nunchucks Sunday during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.

      Elite Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do student Ethan Smola, 7, of Naperville demonstrates using nunchucks Sunday during North Central College's 21st annual International Festival.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

You know the old saying about how the world is getting smaller?

Turns out it's true.

For proof, look no further than North Central College in Naperville, where on Sunday one could step inside the Merner Field House and find food, music and performances from folks representing China, Germany, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Bulgaria.

The school's International Festival is an annual event run by student volunteers that celebrates cultural diversity.

One of the highlights is a program in which North Central's international students oversee language immersion rooms in Arabic, German, Japanese and Spanish. There also was a sampling of international food dishes and plenty of entertainment.

Proceeds from the fest support scholarships for international and study abroad students at North Central.

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