As per its yearly observance of Commonwealth Cultural Day, when Mount Carmel School celebrates aspects of various cultures in the world, the school’s student body came out in full force last Friday and reveled in cultural diversity at its campus with a show of various dances and traditions.
According to MCS Institutional Development director Victoria Deleon Guerrero, the importance of accepting cultural diversity is key among MCS students as it is one of the school’s main principles.
“We usually celebrate our cultural diversity day before the actual Commonwealth Cultural Day, as this paves a way to show the students the importance of cultural diversity, which the CNMI openly accepts,” she said.
Commonwealth Cultural Day was celebrated last Monday.
The first half of the day featured performances by MCS students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Each grade was given a certain country, island nation, or state to represent. The countries that were part of the celebration were Palau, Japan, Korea, Italy, Polynesia, Mexico, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Hawaii, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Parents also joined in the celebration as they watched their children perform cultural dances and chants.
Deleon Guerrero said that Achahaga, MCS’ Chamorro Club, along with the various student clubs, also gave separate performances.
The second half of the school day was dedicated to field day activities for students and parents. Each grade level held booths for each of their respective countries to feature the delicacies and activities dedicated to a certain country.
An 11th grade MCS student said that this event is a great opportunity to expose the other students to cultures around the world, as this event creates a doorway where each grade level is given the chance to show others the background of a certain country.
Another student said that he has been with MCS since first grade and it is always great to see this event happen every year, as this is a chance to learn more about other cultures.