Recently we celebrated International Day at CRICS! It’s a wonderful day of purposeful prayer for the nations and honoring the many cultures represented here. Below is an article covering the event by one of our CRICS students.
On the last day of January, CRICS celebrated International Day, an event which lifts up the countries of students and teachers at CRICS. The first event was a prayer time for Southeast Asian countries led by the tenth grade history class. After a video by Passion 2012, each 10th grader led a group of students and teachers in prayer for a certain country in the ASEAN community.
After the prayer, the kindergartners presented a song for the school. Next, the 2nd graders talked about the what they recently learned from their studies of the country of Italy. After that, there was a Thai Dance of young girls. The dancers danced to the song “Nai Nam Mii Pla, Nai Na Mii Khao,” which means that Thailand is plentiful and also that the king, Pho Kun Ramkamhang, was a great king that provided for the country.
A group of teachers then came up and sang “America the Beautiful.” The Texans then came up and did a line dance. Next we watched a video that taught the students about the history of the Dutch/Netherlands. In a comical way it taught about the correct name for the Netherlands, the history of the Dutch people, and the provinces within the country.
The Chinese group came up and performed an early Chinese New Years’ dance. South Koreans blessed us with a Korean worship and blessing song. Then, the last performance on the stage was an older girls Thai dance.
After the performances on stage, a representative from each country was called to carry their country’s flag out onto the basketball court. Everyone joined them on the basketball court where CRICS staff led an Akha dance in the middle of the basketball court. The Akha are a local hilltribe culture in Thailand.
After the dance, everybody was free to get snacks and join in other games. Everyone brought snacks to share from their own culture. It was a feast! We all played Takraw, (a local ball game), a bamboo stick game, and people tried to walk on stilts.
International Day was indeed an eventful day!