Author Amelia Dilworth and Preeti Krishnamani
Striking clothing, moving speeches, passionate singing: these are the hallmarks of Charter’s annual Culture Day. The event celebrates the diversity of the school through song, dance, recitations of poems and speeches, and other acts. Tri-fold poster boards line the other half of the gym, providing a visual display of various cultures.
Sophomore Ohana Santos says “I am so glad that I got to be a part of Culture Day this year and express the uniqueness and hallmarks of Chilean culture through my song. The colorful, traditional garb was eye-catching, and I felt as though I added a new color to the palette of traditional wear from Chile.” Many performers resonate with Ohana’s statement. Performers enjoy demonstrating their culture, but the other students also enjoy watching performances and learning about other cultures.
Culture day is one of the most important events of the school year, and it’s also the one that many of us look forward to the most. It’s not just brief entertainment, it’s also a peek into our classmates’ cultures. Instead of the homogenous mixture of polos and khakis we see the costumes and performances of people from lives very different from ours.