Perhaps one of the most exciting events we celebrate at CISM is United Nations Day, where we all come in wonderful costumes and we get to parade about, showing off our different cultures and traditions. We traditionally start with the parade of costumes, as well as some performances by after school clubs like the Kids Dance club and the Glee club. The kids are then treated to a “trip” of sorts as they cycle about different workshops wherein they learn about certain countries and the culture and traditions there. One of the most awaited parts is the “Global Potluck” in which everyone brings in food from different parts of the world and everyone is invited to partake in the feast. It is a great day of camaraderie and celebration that definitely highlights unity in diversity. This year’s UN Day was no exception.
The parade was fun as we got to see all our friends from Early Years and Elementary in their wonderful costumes. We also got to listen to some of our friends perform an African dance; the Glee Club also serenaded us with a beautiful medley of songs.
After the morning’s program, the kids were treated to various cultural workshops that taught them about countries like Australia, India, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They danced, played games, prepared food, and painted in these different workshops. It was an absolute blast!
We then had the Global Potluck, where the kids were able to try all sorts of food. Many of them were quite adventurous and decided to try different kinds of food, not just those they usually ate. I believe they were pleasantly surprised
The day ended with a film showing, and a reflection activity. The activity had them making their own coat of arms, including in the said coat of arms aspects that are important to them such as their country of origin, special traditions and celebrations, and things they hold dear. I believe it somehow showed them that though they are quite different from each other, there are many similarities as well.
Below are some photos of the day’s events