This Friday, the UNC Pakistan Society, also known as PakSoc, will host its second annual Mehndi Ki Raat (MKR), an event held to celebrate Pakistani culture.
MKR will take place in the Great Hall Friday, Sept. 9, night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and all are welcome to join.
The event will include food catered by CholaNad, performances by campus dance groups and musical numbers by Samaa — the University’s a cappella group that fuses South Asian and Western music.
"It’s just to get people together, help them experience Pakistani culture and celebrate it in a school setting so that people from our community can experience it without having to go anywhere else," Aleena Islam, PakSoc's events coordinator, said.
Tickets are $16, and 30 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to the Paani Project’s flood relief for Pakistan. The Paani Project is an international nonprofit organization that works to supply empowerment and clean water to Pakistan.
Since this summer, Pakistan has experienced intense flooding, leaving a third of the country underwater due to record-breaking monsoons and melted glaciers in the country’s northern mountains. The death toll from the floods recently passed 1,200, leaving over 33 million others impacted, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.
“People are buying these tickets; they are actively contributing to making sure that we can help as much as we can when we are overseas,” Shehzil Abdul Rahim, the vice president of PakSoc, said. “So I am definitely very, very grateful to be a part of an organization that wants to do things like this and wants to be a part of this."
Fizza Fakhar, a UNC senior and president of the organization, said PakSoc's previous contributions to the Paani Project had built four wells in Pakistan.
Fakhar, who has been president since her junior year and was a member of the founding class, said the organization is open to all UNC students. She added that the club was formed four years ago in an effort for Pakistani-identifying students at UNC to become more in touch with the culture while simultaneously educating those from different cultures and ethnicities.