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:
As did teachers and parents:
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!
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.
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!!!!!