Arab and Chaldean Festival Heritage on display, celebrated at Hart Plaza

Shawn D. Lewis / The Detroit News
DETROIT — The longest running Arab and Chaldean American cultural event was held at Hart Plaza on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors from across Canada and the United States came to the Arab and Chaldean Festival to watch performances, taste a variety of Middle Eastern foods, visit the booths and view art exhibits.

“This festival began in 1972, and it’s very important to us to bring together all nationalities — not just Arab and Chaldean — in brotherhood,” said festival president Jacoub Mansour.

“In addition to about 20 vendors selling food, perfumes and jewelry, we have a gallery featuring Arab folklore customs, Chaldean villages and celebrating one thousand years of Arabic medicine.”