The event, according to one organizer, was hosted to help educate students about the dance, music, foods, dress, language and other features of the culture of Kittitians and Nevisians.
Grade 5 teacher, and originator of the idea, Darniesha Silliday, told MiyVue.com in an exclusive interview, that while teaching the topic ‘Culture’, in her Social Studies classes, she became aware that such an initiative was needed, if the students were to meaningfully gain a better understanding of their lifestyles, heritage and traditions.
“I’ve been doing this exercise in Social Studies for three years now and I have witnessed that my students not only understand their culture better (through such practical exercise),but they also developed an appreciation for it,” Silliday stated.
The Culture Day was divided into three segments. In the morning, a cultural presentation was given by the Department of Culture.
During this exercise, that excited the students and passersby, demonstrations were given in the art of drumming, music and dancing by veteran instructors Royd Phipps, Nigel Williams and Ava Henry.
At midday, which was the second segment, the students ate lunch together as a family. The focus then was on the National Dish of the country, with students preparing, with some help from their parents, the various dishes such as stewed saltfish, coconut dumpling, seasoned breadfruit and spicy plantain.
The students ended the day by performing their various group presentations. Some engaged in dance, poetry, and drama. The students were creatively dressed in the St.Kiits National Wear and folklore costumes representing their culture.
Silliday says that Culture Day was established since in 2010. She concluded that the event has always been an exciting engagement for the children. She added that not only does the children appreciate and value their customs but they retain what is being taught at the event.