Racial Harmony Day & Hari Raya

Aug 26, 15 Racial Harmony Day & Hari Raya

21 July is Racial Harmony Day and in Frontier this year, the school decided to commemorate it with Hari Raya on 22 July. My classmates and I came to school in our ethnic clothing. I was so excited that I got to wear my pretty cheongsam again! We saw our teachers wearing their ethnic clothing too! They looked amazing!

Teachers and staff in beautiful ethnic clothing.

Teachers and staff in beautiful ethnic clothing.

During Assembly, we had a fruitful and exciting time in the school hall. We learnt more about Hari Raya and what the Muslims will do to celebrate that festival. We also learnt that Racial Harmony Day is a day to mark the anniversary of the 1964 racial riots in Singapore.  We should always appreciate the different cultures that make up Singapore.  After the talk that gave us more insights on Hari Raya and Racial Harmony Day, the mini concert began.

Our Muslims friends performed a dance for us and I think they really danced well as a group. My friends and I enjoyed a Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts) performance put up by our visitors from South Africa. It was admirable that though they are not Chinese, they still take the time to learn from other cultures.  I should learn from them.  After that, all of us participated in an ethnic dance and we had a wonderful time dancing together. If you think the celebration ended after Assembly, you are wrong. There were more to come during our recesses too.

Hari Raya dance by our Muslim friends

Hari Raya dance by our Muslim friends

Exciting Wushu performance by South African pupils.

Exciting Wushu performance by South African pupils.

During recess, we got to try snacks from different ethnic groups. My favourite snacks were Muruku and Sha Qi Ma. We had a chance to listen to our teachers playing ethnic musical instrumentals to the songs such as “A Thousand Years”. I never knew our teachers are so talented! Our Malay friends also performed on the Angklungs for us. I wish I could learn to play an ethnic musical instrument too. Maybe Dizi would be a good choice.

Snack Time! Yummy!

Snack Time! Yummy!

Our talented teachers’ playing the Er Hu.

Our talented teachers’ playing the Er Hu.

Our friends from South Africa also set up a booth to exhibit their traditional instruments and costumes. One of the South African girls helped my friend to try on their costume! It was a piece of cloth with vibrant colours that could be wrapped around the body. I thought the design of the cloth looked good on my friend and she was elated to take a picture at the booth in traditional African costume.

My friend who was dressed in African costume.

My friend who was dressed in African costume.

I liked all the programmes planned for us on Racial Harmony Day and Hari Raya. Thank you teachers and our friends (especially those who had performed in the hall and canteen) for making it a special day!