On the 8th of February 2014, the students, teachers and parents of the Raha International School community found themselves immersed in a very traditional, yet culturally eventful environment. Raha’s long anticipated International Day had finally arrived. This long-standing tradition at RIS allows individuals from over 70 different nationalities to express and share their cultural diversity through their vibrant national dress, dances, cuisine and décor.
As soon as you walked onto the football pitch, you could immediately feel the excitement and pride of the kids and parents who were representing their respective countries. You could tell how proud the students were to be wearing their colorful national dress, especially the little kids who were showing off certain details of their outfits to one another and even just the big smiles on the faces of parents who had their cameras ready to snap pictures of the event and their children. Before the activities, we were entertained with several dances, songs and speeches given to us by members of our diverse community. Before we knew it, there was a very flamboyant parade of nations, where children walked around the pitch representing their countries with a banner of their country’s name and flag portrayed, as we were conveniently given a few educational facts regarding each particular nation.
Finally as we walked off the pitch, the most promising and anticipated hour of International Day had appeared before our eyes and noses. The exploration of the various stalls and the delicious food tasting had commenced. Personally, I am a huge food lover! I highly enjoyed the atmosphere the Global Village offered, and I tried the various dishes from every country. My personal favourites included the Italian bruschetta, the Korean barbecue beef and the South African hot dogs. In fact, this was my first year attending Raha’s International Day and I thoroughly appreciated the exuberance of the event, and I will greatly miss it as I leave Raha next year.