Pakistani Culture Comes to Happy Valley Friday

Penn State’s Pakistani Student Association (PSA) is hosting My Big Fat Pakistani Shaadi Friday night in Alumni Hall.

The event will be an evening to display all of the aspects of a Pakistani wedding, from the comforts of State College.

While this is the first year that the organization has hosted the event, Anisah Rashid, president of PSA is confident that audience members will learn a lot about Pakistani wedding culture.

“Traditionally, on the wedding day the grooms side comes to the brides hometown. We will be demonstrating this concept by having the PSA at The University of Pittsburgh come to Penn State and act as the grooms side,” Rashid said. “The event will also include demonstrations of traditional ceremonies Pakistanis perform at their weddings. There will be performances by both Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a performance by Jai Matt.”

While PSA has been a student organization for some time here on campus, it has seen years of inactivity. Last year, members of PSA reactivated the club with the goal of promoting an understanding of Pakistani culture while fostering a social environment for Pakistanis at Penn State.

For Rashid, she wants the event to expose more Penn State students to Pakistani culture.

“Weddings are a huge part of the Pakistani culture, and they are usually celebrated over the span of a few days. We hope to educate people of other cultures on all the different parts of a Pakistani wedding in this one event.”

In addition to the performances, there will be a photo booth and a traditional Pakistani dinner catered by Lahori Kabab.

The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m in Alumni Hall. Tickets are $4.99 for Penn State students and $6.99 for non-Penn State students, community, faculty and staff.

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Adriana is from the oh-so-famous town of “Right Outside of Philly,” Pennsylvania currently double majoring in Public Relations and African-American Studies. She is a passionate sports fan, avid reader, and an obsessive tweeter. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about sports and social justice while drinking urban-framed, artisan crafted coffee. A proud black student, Adriana considers herself a social justice warrior and strives to promote racial equality and diversity in her community. Email her at and tweet with her at @adriana_lacy

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