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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Holiday! -Heritage Day

Have you ever seen, in person or on television, an African tribal dance? 

Imagine that inside a classroom, accompanied by food and games, and you have an idea of what transpired on Monday.

September 24th (Happy Belated Birthday Grandpa!!!) is Heritage Day, a holiday commemorating South Africa’s culture and history. For most of the country, this means a day off from school. For Holy Cross, this means invite the parents and have a party :)

Students dressed in Xhosa attire:
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As did teachers and parents:
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The windy weather kept us indoors, but that didn’t stop everyone from having a lot of fun!

Most of the day was spent dancing. We took occasional breaks for food served in traditional Xhosa style -in other words, hands only except for soup. Dig in!
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Many thanks to the parents for preparing such wonderful food. It felt like a buffet!

Midway through the day, everyone sat down as one of the grandmothers explained the importance of Xhosa culture. I only understood bits and pieces, but you could tell it was a heartfelt topic. This entire celebration was fueled by the community’s sincerity toward their heritage.

The day ended with more dancing -of course!- and a group picture.
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The celebration was festive, refreshing, and in typical Xhosa fashion had no pre-planning at all; things just came together. Food preparations, storytelling, games, etc. -it all just happened.

Many thanks to the parents for supporting this school festival!! And many thanks you for joining me on this journey!!!!!

In Christ,
-Cameron S

2 comments:

  1. Cameron, thanks for placing the wonderful pictures taken on Heritage Day on your blog. All of your updates have been awesome. I'm so proud of you!!! Love, Memere
    xoxoxo

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  2. It's unfolding and getting more complex, too, eh, Cameron? So glad you're getting as much learning in as your students.

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