NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) – Many people came together today to celebrate their heritage and accept their differences.
The Nacogdoches Multicultural Festival has become a tradition for members of the community.
The festival held at Sacred Heart Church is an event that gives people the opportunity to celebrate who they are and where they come from. Father George Elliot said celebrating culture is important.
“It’s really important to recognize that even though human beings are different, they are all created in the image and likeness of God,” Elliot said. “So every human being has dignity and deserves to be loved. Every culture deserves to be celebrated because ultimately it is a gift from God.
Elliot recognizes that culture is what makes a person unique.
“We can each bring our own creativity, our own beauty, our own culture to this community and we come together and celebrate it all together,” said Father George Elliot.
Jaimie Poskey said she looks forward to this event every year.
“It’s something over the years that I’ve tried to do with my dad. My dad always wanted to come to this festival,” Poskey said. “At this festival, you can eat Filipino food, you can eat hot tamales, and then you can go barbecue in the same setting! It’s just about celebrating everyone’s heritage.
Poskey said there’s no better place to celebrate than in Nacogdoches.
“I’m so proud of Nacogdoches and Lufkin and the East Texas area. It is really growing and attracting people who have never been to this area before. It’s bringing people together and learning more about the legacies of others,” Poskey said.
It was the 32nd annual celebration at Sacred Heart Church. Church staff are already excited to begin planning for next year’s festival.
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