Suzhou Industrial Park Foreign Language School IB/AP High School Intercultural Day
On the 19th December 2020, the SIPFLS IB/AP high school celebrated their fourth Intercultural Day. The aim of this festival is to promote diversity, inclusion and the understanding of different cultures. IB /AP students and teachers worked together in groups and presented an enriching and fun showcase of 17 different countries around the world!
Under the guidance and leadership of the Student Council and IB/AP Events team, students and teachers had worked together for weeks to plan the day’s events and activities. On that day, the scene presented an exciting and dazzling multi-cultural exchange event.
Colourful displays and different styles of national costumes show have always been the highlight of the "cultural exchange day". In the activity, the students dressed in traditional costumes representing various nationalities, and walked along the corridor step by step with a confident smile. We are familiar with the costumes such as Chinese Hanfu which is implicit and graceful and the Japanese kimono which is elegant and dignified. Other countries' clothing also has its own characteristics: the heroic Scottish kilt, the bright and bold Brazilian football shirt, bold and unrestrained Swedish Viking clothing. Behind the sewing of the clothing is a multi-faceted and long-standing national culture and history.
The guests were stopped in front of the world food exhibition, which was full foods to tempt the appetite. Despite there being no electronic cooking equipment for the sake of safety, the heads of various countries still used their wisdom to prepare and present different but unique national cuisines. Steamed buns, crispy meat, fat but not greasy Shaanxi roujiamo (‘Chinese hamburgers’), Thai mango glutinous rice cake with a soft and sweet fragrance, German non-alcoholic beer with strong wheat flavour and sweet taste. All of them covetous and unforgettable.
In addition to fashion shows and food exhibitions, we learned more about the cultures of different countries through interesting traditional games and Knowledge Q&A’s. China's throwing pot game has a long history, which tests players' eyesight and accuracy; Australian games are run by role-playing koalas and kangaroos, and the game is highly interactive. As long as you participate in the game, you will have a chance to win prizes. It is one of the most popular activities among guests.
The unique feature of this cultural exchange day is the release of the "cultural exploration map". The responsible person of each country prepared various questions about its own culture. These questions were published on the maps carefully drawn by each country. As long as you can answer all the questions correctly, you can get a stamp. The lucky person who collected all the stamps received a special reward. On the day of the event, the guests started a wonderful cultural adventure and gained a lot!
During the event, the guests either sought out the fragrance and delicious taste of the food of various countries, or they were attracted by the interesting traditional games of various countries and devoted themselves wholeheartedly to them. When interested, they also took a series of selfies and had a good time. Food without boundaries, culture without borders, let's look forward to the next cultural exchange!