For Amera, who got involved with the festival as a dancer for India when it started 38 years ago, the best part is the spirit of cooperation that prevails among the countries.
"I get big satisfaction from working together with people from different backgrounds," Amera said, noting that while there are sometimes disagreements, compromises are always reached. He said he doesn't have veto power -- nor does he want it.
The 38th annual Festival of Nations is Sunday, Nov. 1, at Empire State Plaza from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 3 to 12. Parking is available in the Empire State Plaza garage for $5 and requires a photo identification.