International Day showcases cultures from around the world

|     Daniel Lim     |

PANAGA School hosted the International Day celebration with students, teachers, parents and guardians donning various colours representing their countries in a fun-filled amalgamation of international culture and identity.

The event was held at the school’s Rampayoh Campus featuring 23 booths that represented Brunei Darussalam, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, South American countries, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, Nigeria, Jamaica, Thailand, Canada, the Philippines, Australia and Torres Straight Island, the Netherlands, England and Wales, Mexico, and the United States of America.

The students also witnessed cultural dance performances from each of the participating countries apart from enjoying a range of traditional culinary delights served at the booths.

Principal of Panaga School Cindy Tahal said, “We hope that it will help instil international-mindedness among our students at Panaga School, as it celebrates what we share in common and where we differ. By understanding those similarities and differences, it can help pave the way to a more peaceful and tolerant society.”

Dini Millie, one of the parents involved in tending to the Indonesia booth, said despite attending the annual event for 11 years, she still looks forward to it, as “it brings together all the parents and guardians in showcasing the uniqueness that can be found in their own countries”.

She added, “It is also much easier to teach the children about various countries and to make them understand the bigger picture, as they are able to learn through various interactive experiences while enjoying various delicacies and sweets from each of the countries.”

ABOVE & BELOW: Parents and guardians tend to the Venezuela booth during the event; and Principal of Panaga School Cindy Tahal tests one of the traditional delicacies during the event. – PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM