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East County News Service

September 12, 2015 (El Cajon) -- The city of El Cajon is home to more than 40,000 Chaldeans, one of the largest Chaldean enclaves in the United States.  Chaldeans are an integral part of the local business community as well as the community at large, and would like to invite neighbors to sample the culture at the upcoming 5th Annual Chaldean American Festival on September 19 and 20. The City of El Cajon has proclaimed September Chaldean American Month, and invites the whole community to attend the Chaldean American Festival. The family event will feature authentic homemade Chaldean faire, traditional music and dancing, games for children, as well as local vendors for all to enjoy.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County and the “Adopt A Refugee Family” drive to supp

ort families fleeing the Middle East due to ISIS. 

The Festival will be held in the  El Cajon Centennial Plaza – 200 Civic Center Way (Downtown El Cajon) on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20 from 5 to 10 p.m.

“Chaldeans are one of the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, and we welcome all our friends and neighbors to come learn more about us and where we come from,” said event organizer Dr. Noori Barka.

For more information, please call 619-500-3224.