International Spring Festival returns to NPHS tomorrow


Photo Submitted by Kristin York. Performers entertain the audience at the 2017 International Spring Festival at North Penn High School.

The 34th annual International Spring Festival is back and bigger than ever this year with more exhibits than ever before. The festival takes place on Saturday, April 15 from 11AM-5PM here at North Penn High School.

The festival features various appeals for all ages, but highlighted are some of the most popular attractions. Make sure to go early and grab a schedule to see all the countless fun events to try.


Country Exhibits/Tables

There are 23 total counties showcased at the festival this year in the main gym:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Korea
  • Latino/Hispanic
  • México
  • Nepal
  • Philippines
  • China
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Togo
  • Ukraine
  • USA
  • Vietnam


Parade of Nations

At 11:30 AM, make sure to be there for the parade of nations, a parade of flags and dignitaries that traverses the halls of the high school to showcase the numerous colors of the world. The parade works its way to the main gym where the famous Fralinger String Band is awaiting them (“The Ultimate in Mummers Entertainment”).

“It’s a very special part of the festival because we invite children of all ages and adults to carry flags that are special to them and march through the school to the gym where we are escorted onto the main stage,” board member Andrea Duffy said.


Often the favorite part of the festival for many is the variety of food options located in the main cafeteria. With dumplings, rice cake, las fridas, egg rolls, pizza, sweetcorn, kub kao, various pastries, and more, you’re sure to find something to enjoy. 


The various entertainment throughout the day includes several cultural dance groups, singing, storytelling, and bands as famous as the Fralinger mummers. There’s also face painting and instruments that you can try yourself.

Testimonials from members

“We’re doing this as a reason to unite and educate people and entertain people, with all the different ethnic backgrounds in the area. People come from all over Delaware, New York for this festival. It’s a destination event,” says Gold. 

“It’s a magical journey across international borders where you can taste cuisine, see exhibits, listen to music, and watch incredible dancing from all across the world for free. It’s a feast for the senses and you will always remember this day with your family,” Duffy said.

“When people come here, I think everyone expects entertainment and all that. But there’s lots of good food. You get food from different cuisines here. And you’ll see about 50-60 Different cultures under one roof. About four to 5000 people attend the festival,” board member Manish Ingle said. 


Help is always needed to make the festival the best it can be, and you can volunteer 

“It’s time well invested because you get more out by volunteering in meeting the exciting and interesting people in the festival and on the committee. We have 14 different nationalities represented on our committee that were born in other countries. And it’s always nice to see people helping out and it’s a gift to the community,” board member Alan Gold said.

To sign up for volunteering, you can go here.