Fascinating insight into one's culture

Ethnic Day

colourful Josephites came dressed in their traditional costumes. dh photos

Organised by the student council of the college, the members say that they kept a theme for each of the days and the students came dressed appropriately.

The first day the students came dressed in western formal attire, while they followed it up with Indian ethnic wear on the second day.

On being asked why an ethnic day celebration included western formals as theme, Nida, the vice-president of the Student Council, said, “The City has a huge blend of both modernity and ethnicity. That’s why western formals was kept as one of the themes.”

The second day saw many of the students in saris and colourful kurtas and churidars.

The real highlight of the four-day long fest was on the third day.

The theme being kept as ‘Native’, each student came dressed in their traditional native attire. One got to see a large variety of costumes. Be it the traditional coorgi saris, the typical dhoti and kurtas to the Nepali wrap around skirts, the melting of different cultures of India was very evident on the campus.

Students couldn’t stop taking photographs of each other and all those initial jitters of settling into the campus was broken on this very day. Vibrancy of the costumes raised many curious questions on one’s background and culture and on so many levels the ‘Native Day’ brought all the students together.

 “Though we have so many students from different cultures one rarely gets to get an insight into their culture. We are always in western or casual clothes and our concentration is only on studies and other things. This day proved to be a great chance for us to know each other better and get a deeper understanding of where we all come from,” said Salman, the president of the student council. Even Rameez, the treasurer, agreed, “With Independence Day coming in a few days we though this will be a great way of connecting with the ‘Indian’ inside each one of us.”

The college ended the celebration by keeping a ‘Black and Blue Day’, where they left it to the students imagination to dress up using the colours black and blue.

Said the Chief Cultural Co-Ordinator, Fariyal Shaikh, “They all looked so adorable in their ethnic and native clothes that made it so hard for us teachers to take classes.

Nevertheless, it was wonderful to see so much energy and enthusiasm amongst the students to make this festival a huge success.”

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