Celebrating South Asian Diversity: Highlights from the CDS India and South Asia Extravaganza
India & South Asia Extravaganza

As the school year draws to a close, Carrollwood Day School's community came together for the last CDS Street Festival of the year—the India and South Asia Extravaganza. With a rich tapestry of cultural experiences, delicious cuisine, and engaging activities, the event offered an exploration of the diverse traditions and heritage of India and South Asia.

The festival primarily focused on celebrating Indian culture, also extended its embrace to include glimpses of the unique customs and flavors from neighboring countries in South Asia. From the majestic peaks of Nepal to the tranquil shores of the Maldives, each corner of the region was represented, inviting attendees on a journey of discovery.

At the Round Square Volunteers' stations, visitors had the chance to immerse themselves in the essence of South Asian nations. Nepal beckoned with its iconic Mount Everest, accompanied by refreshing snow cones to beat the Florida heat. Bhutan shared its philosophy of Gross National Happiness, spreading smiles and positivity throughout the festival grounds. Meanwhile, the Maldives offered a creative outlet with shells to paint, adding a touch of seaside serenity to the festivities.

Students and faculty crowded around the Henna tattoo table asking for everything from stars to suns, and even scorpions. The Indian Culture Club brought Bollywood to life with captivating student dancing complemented by the tantalizing aroma of chai and the rhythmic thud of cricket balls on the grass. Guests indulged their senses in the kaleidoscope of Indian clothing, art, pottery, and painting, marveling at the intricate beauty of each creation. Sampling gulab jamun and taking on the spice challenge added a flavorful twist to the experience, while tabletop games and henna stations offered entertainment and relaxation for all ages.

The CDS Middle School volunteers showcased the ingenuity of South Asian civilizations through displays of Indian inventions. At the same time, the photo backdrop captured fun moments shared by students, faculty, and parents.

The festival schedule, thoughtfully organized to accommodate all grades, ensured that every member of the CDS community had the opportunity to participate in the festivities. The event resonated with a spirit of unity and celebration.

The India and South Asia Extravaganza was a fitting tribute to the cultural diversity and inclusive spirit that define Carrollwood Day School. Thank you to the upper school Indian Culture Club for helping Mr. Hayes make it memorable.

Click here for photos of the event.

Thank you to Brad Hayes, CDS International Programs Coordinator for organizing the CDS Street Festival series this year.