Futból, or soccer, is a big deal for Latin Americans of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. You won’t find an authentic Latino eatery where the TV is not showing a futból match and where staff and guests are not passionately debating a referee’s decision. One of the liveliest places to enjoy a game with the locals in DeKalb County is Las Delicias de la Abuela, a Columbian restaurant where most patrons are Columbian natives.
Experience the spirit of Africa in Clarkston, a 1.4-square mile area east of Atlanta, is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the United States. A large portion of the 12,000 people calling Clarkston home are refugees, many of whom hail from Africa. The Clarkston Community Center organizes international events each year. One of the most popular is a food tasting fair. People from different ethnic groups—mostly Ethiopian, Sudanese, Kenyan Nigerian, and Somali—prepare and showcase their dishes, from tasteful stews and traditional East African flatbreads to shahan ful, a fava bean paste with minced vegetables.
Every spring, Atlanta’s Indian community celebrates the Festival of Colors. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and the end of winter. It takes place at different venues, often in DeKalb County, and is open to the public. There are food stalls where vendors prepare authentic Indian street food; booths where Indian designers sell traditional jewelry and fashion; and performances by Indian dancers, actors, and musicians.
Take an unforgettable journey back in time to Egypt, Nubia, and the Near East; Greece and Rome; the Americas; Africa; and Asia at Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Learn the history and view the art from a world that was ruled by pharaohs, emperors, and kings. The Michael C. Carlos Museum offers gallery talks, children’s programs, interactive technology, audio tours, family guides, special exhibitions, films and much more. Located at the heart of Emory University’s campus this is the gateway to the stories of civilization. https://carlos.emory.edu/on-view
Take a tour of a Buddhist temple. Wat Lao Buddha Phothisaram, which loosely translates to Laotian Buddhist temple under the Bodhi trees, is a beautiful temple located in Conley, Georgia and is one of four Lao Buddhist temples in the Atlanta area. The temple exports you to a different world and offers two three-headed dragon statues that give the impression of guarding the main altar, beautiful red and gold decorations, and several gold Buddha statues. The temple welcomes visitors regularly and holds events which can be found on its Facebook page. Monks may or may not come out during your visit, depending on their own activities, but donations are always appreciated.