In Pakistan, virsa means heritage.
More than 600 people gathered to celebrate that heritage at the third annual Pakistani cultural festival Saturday night.
The evening started out with traditional Pakistani food in the Dougherty Valley High School cafeteria.
The rest of the evening was devoted to 150 performers expressing themselves and their traditions.
Musicians played traditional flute music and modern Pakistani songs and versions of the American and Pakistan national anthems.
Children re-created dances from classic Pakistani films and adults and children alike performed Bhangra folk dances.
Native-language poetry was read and thespians did dramatic and comedic acts.
There were even adult and children’s fashion shows.
Guests included Mayor H. Abram Wilson, Councilman Dave Hudson and Riffat Masood, consul general of Pakistan who came from Los Angeles to take part in the festivities.