Many gathered in anticipation as the festival began at the park. [Source: Participant, Sunhee Lee]
Minseo Park, Grade 10
Happy Village, a student volunteer group and non-profit organization helped steer the festivities, but there were nearly 40 booths from other organizations and churches. Many donations were collected and volunteers spent their time interacting and helping to provide enjoyment for all participants and themselves.
Participants were able to hear inspiration religion-bases speeches, watch different performances including Korean Percussion and ballet, play carnival type games, and also enjoy making their own balloon bracelets and crowns.
As a volunteer myself at the festival, it was clear that this event wasn’t meant for just the participants and their families and friends. It was obvious that the event was meant for all: volunteers, participants, and families. The greatest enjoyment was being able to help those around have fun without worrying about the social prejudices against them.
The Festival was held on April 27th at the Wilshire Narrows Recreation Park.[Source: Author, Minseo Park]
As this festival is an ongoing and annual festival, it can be hoped that through it many can feel the joy of community and the enjoyment of rest and leisure despite difficulties.