Thursday, December 2, 2010

Parade of Nations at AISJ ~ part 1

So the day after the food festival we had the Parade of Nations. Each child can walk in their national costume behind the flag of their country while all the parents, friends and family can come and join to see! As usual it was a hot and sunny day! This year we kept it a bit shorter and the countries walked faster behind each other, since last year we were all so hot and dehydrated by being 2 hours in the full sun!

This is a such a fantastic day of the year, and everybody is so proud to come and dress up in their beautiful, colorful and amazingly stunning outfits!!

Since we have 72 countries that were participating and represented at our school it is great to see those kids walk hand in hand coming from all over the world, being best friends and not caring if you come from a different country, eat different foods, talk a a different language or have a total different religion and customs at home. No they are friends beyond borders!!

It makes me so proud to see all the kids and parents dress up for this really special day! It's like a mini UNITED NATIONS! If we could just take an example of how well everybody gets along and copy this to the rest of the world, there wouldn't be any wars and genocide killings. Unfortunately this is an utopia! Nevertheless I hope by attending an International School like this that at least this generation will be a great example of how it can work! If you just put your prejudice aside and work and live together!!

A group of kids at the campus grounds with its beautiful surroundings waiting to walk the walk.



Here my friends from Brazil.



And my friends from Cameroon.



Look at the gorgeous girls from Columbia in their pretty dresses, just gorgeous!



England with its Red/White, here my little friend Jonathan.



A really sweet girl from Hungary.



Beautiful girls and boys from India.



Japan has some stunning kimonos!



Look how adorable!



Kenya with its beautiful headpieces, just gorgeous!



Some charming girls in Shwe-Shwe fabric from Lesotho, a small country inside of/surrounded by South Africa.



A big crowd are the Dutch in their vibrant orange!



My friends from Nigeria, in that gorgeous green and white!



The children of my good friend Tehmina, Khizer & Zoha from Pakistan.



I love these outfits from Peru! Look at that cute little girl in her polka dot dress, I just love her!



And isn't this girl from Poland just adorable with those flowers in her hair!



And these 2 little munchkins from Korea, are just the show stopper!



These Korean girls are just stunning and I just love their dresses!!



Even the boys from Korea have these great outfits!



My beautiful girls in the Thai national dress, simply gorgeous... only thing is they could smile a bit more :-)



A big red/white/blue crowd for the Americans, always well represented!



And last but not least; our host country South Africa!



These beautiful girls singing to the National Anthem of SA! Such a proud moment!!



These are just a selection of the pictures I took that day of the Parade, tomorrow I will show some close-ups I took while walking through the crowds. To show you those beautiful faces from all over the world!

Have a good day!
Mireille

5 comments:

Leah and Maya said...

Wow that is really awesome! so what are you all doing in SA?

Mireille said...

All these people work for International companies, who have offices/warehouses/business in SA. Like cell phone companies, Car companies, Computer Companies, Construction and Oil companies and mostly their top level positions are the expats - mostly our husbands...

Mireille said...

All these people work for International companies, who have offices/warehouses/business in SA. Like cell phone companies, Car companies, Computer Companies, Construction and Oil companies and mostly their top level positions are the expats - mostly our husbands...

Maci Miller said...

Again, so beautiful! Those little ones from Korea are GORGEOUS! So, so cute! So nice to see all the unique little personalities and costumes!

LucisMomma said...

Really lovely! Reminds me of the Parade of Nations before each Olympics.

Your daughters are gorgeous (but you already knew that).

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