Bellevue College celebrates Arabic Culture Week

Student receiving a henna tattoo.
Student receiving a henna tattoo. Johana Martinez / The Watchdog

On May 30 to June 1, the Arabic Culture Student Association celebrated Arabic Culture Week by showcasing traditional Arabic culture in the C building courtyard. A marketplace was set up that featured Arabic food, art and music.

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Students could sample pasteries such as vegan baklava, gluten free cookies, khak and barazek as well as fruits and other ingredients commonly found in Arabic cuisine, as well as receive a free henna tattoo. Posters and signs displaying the different nations in the Middle East were shown in the marketplace, giving facts about the nations and their history.

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In addition to the marketplace, students could attend other events celebrating Arabic Culture Week. From June 2 to June 6, Arabic Culture Week festivities included culture workshops where students could learn about belly dancing and Arabic language, watch a concert showcasing Arabic music and dance and attend a film festival.

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The Arabic Culture Student Association meets every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in room A243. For more information about the club, students may contact Maryam Hussain at

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