Jan 082014
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Red and White Pride

St Christopher’s Infant and Junior Schools were proud to celebrate Bahrain National Day on December 12. As part of their Bahrain Arabic Heritage Day, over 1000 children, from ages 3 to 12, were involved in celebrations which featured the recreation of an Arabic Souk and the celebration of Bahraini culture, music, traditions and foods. The staff and children relished the opportunity to take part in the creation of Arabic handicrafts. Other traditional activities available in the souk included: henna, Arabic calligraphy, falconry, camels, enamel and ceramic painting and basket weaving.

As part of an assembly, and to recognise and celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Bahrain and the Arabic world, the Junior School children staged performances which included representations of: Motowa (traditional teaching and graduation), Al Maradah (social preparation), Al Basta (art dance) and the surprise inclusion of the Al Artha (ceremonial sword dance).

One of the highlights of the day was the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the Minister of Justice, and Sheikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa, Assistant Undersecretary Minister of Culture, who formally opened the Arabic Souk and attended the children’s performance. Special guests in attendance included Her Royal Highness Shaikha Thagbah bin Salman Al Khalifa and Dr Khalid Al Alawi, the Assistant Undersecretary of Educational Services and Students Activities.

The children were very excited to be part of such a joyful celebration and there were many magical memories created, which will last a lifetime.