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Last Friday, Wilson’s School hosted its second Cultural Dress Day, a day dedicated to celebrating cultural attire, jewellery and headwear from across the globe. Students and staff were encouraged to represent their respective cultures by wearing traditional clothing or sporting shirts or colours which represent the flags that are identified with their cultural or religious background. Cultural Dress Day is not only a day to take pride in displaying one’s culture, but also an opportunity to learn more about the backgrounds of our peers and colleagues.

Throughout the day, I was able to observe students of varying ethnic backgrounds complimenting the attire of their peers. Even if someone chose not to partake or didn’t own any traditional wear, there was a noticeable interest from all students in how others chose to display their cultural heritage.

I was able to interview three students—Jiaen (Year 13), Rishabh (Year 11), and Nana (Year 10)—on how they were taking part in Cultural Dress Day (banner photo, above).

What country are you representing today?
Jiaen: I’m representing Chinese culture.
Rishabh: I’m representing the Hindu culture of India.
Nana: I am representing my beloved country: Ghana.

Can you describe your outfit and its cultural significance?
Jiaen: I am wearing Hanfu, which is the traditional wear that people had in the Han dynasty. I’m not super fancy and dressed up because that’s what the royals would wear, I’m dressed more like a typical citizen. And I’ve got a fan which has my Chinese name on it.
Rishabh: It’s called a Kurta Pyjama, and it represents Indian cultural dress for festivals and temples.
Nana: I’m wearing a purple, green and orange African print shirt, which I would describe as beautiful.

What does Cultural Dress Day mean to you and how has it benefited Wilson’s students?
Jiaen: It’s a really cool experience getting to see so many different people representing their cultures. On the bus today, a girl told me she loves my “Kimono”, which is the wrong culture, but it was nice to see that people care and are interested in others’ cultural dress.
Rishabh: I think Cultural Dress Day is a time where people can represent their cultures in a way that they feel comfortable doing. In everyday life, people don’t feel like they can represent their cultures or beliefs as easily.
Nana: Culture day is a vibe; you get to see people wear different clothes from their culture. There’s a bit of rivalry to be the best dressed from your country, so you have to represent your culture well.

Overall, the day was vibrant and full of good cheer, and I am sure Wilson’s students very much look forward to sporting their favourite garments next year. Thank you to Ms Amoako-Williams for co-ordinating the day.

Sireish, Year 13

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