While the whole world celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday, Brilliant Stars School on Navy Hill celebrated their annual “International Day” last week.
According to principal Steven Beyer, it was an opportunity for teachers and students to talk about how diverse the CNMI community is and a good way to get more information about one’s and other’s traditional or cultural background.
“It sparks conversations. …It gives the students a neat view of the different cultures in the school and the conversation extends when the students go home too. …Because of the pandemic, we couldn’t have a big celebration that the school has had in the past…but we will do it again next year like we always do every year and I think it is a great tradition. It’s good for the school and kind of let the children show off where they come from,” he said.
Lindsay Davis, who has been a teacher at Brilliant Star for 16 years, said that International Day is a staple tradition at their school. “We have done different things with it in the past. Sometimes we turn it into a whole week, play different games from around the world, or bring in food because it is a way to celebrate and represent the different cultures at our school,” she said.
Another teacher, Sara Alyse, said the students get to wear any clothing not necessarily related or specific to their culture or background. “It is also a way for students to wear traditional clothes and food from other cultures. Then we talk about the different cultures and tradition and where they got their attire from and ask if they ever visited that place. I think it’s important to celebrate life and as people in our community come from different parts of the world, it should be celebrated because we are all humans, it brings color and more excitement to life,” she said.