Encountering the Cultures of Omaha

Numerous groups showcased at Durham’s Ethnic Holiday Festival

Numerous cultures were represented by their flags during the opening ceremony.

Alaina Anderson, Op/Ed Editor


An enormous Christmas tree dominates the dimly lit hall as people begin to flood in for the events to come; while the guests wait in anticipation, the voices of a Polish choir bounce off of the stone walls, creating a cascade of holiday carols. This is the beginning of the Durham Museum’s annual Ethnic Holiday Festival.

On Dec. 1, 2017, the festival began at 5 p.m. and had new events starting every twenty minutes after the conclusion of the opening ceremony. This ceremony consisted of a representative presenting their country’s flag after being announced. Following this presentation, events included a variety of authentic musical and dancing performances that were usually accompanied by brief information about the culture the performance originated from.

In between presentations, people were able to explore the various booths of each culture present. These tables were adorned with items from that culture, authentic food and information about how that group of people is present in Omaha.

The Ethnic Holiday Festival began the Durham Museum’s season of celebration. A variety of events will continue to take place throughout the month of December. For more information, please see durhammuseum.org.

Alaina Anderson

Alaina joined The Flightline in January of 2017. She is a junior this year and is involved in softball, student council and HOSA. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and going on mission trips. You can email her at [email protected]