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Ballantine Revives Tradition In Style

It was a sea of colours at Ballantine Memorial School in Delainavesi yesterday as students paraded their cultural costumes. Inspired by the Government’s championing of cultural displays, the school’s vice-principal
08 Aug 2015 11:57
Ballantine Revives Tradition In Style
Ballantine Memorial School headgirl dressed up in her traditional provincial attire during the school’s cultural day at Delainavesi yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

It was a sea of colours at Ballantine Memorial School in Delainavesi yesterday as students paraded their cultural costumes.

Inspired by the Government’s championing of cultural displays, the school’s vice-principal Mele Oli Taylor said they decided to provide a platform for students to revive their traditions.

“The cultural display was also another way to revive culture and tradition to the students, by letting them wear their traditional costumes and explain to other students about their attire by speaking in their own dialect,” she said.

“Students from the 14 provinces, even from the Pacific Islands like Nauru and Tuvalu, took part,” she said.

“They had one Adi (lady) from each province, dressed up in their traditional attire depicting their culture and heritage.”

The BMS students also displayed traditional artefacts from different provinces at their various stalls. Groups gathered to play traditional games like tiqa or ulutoa and competed in coconut husking competitions.

A Year Nine student, Lice Tadulala of Nasinu, Dawasamu in Tailevu, wore traditional attire made of voivoi and vau that was woven by her grandmother Milika Nakaunicina, of Daku in Tailevu.

A proud Lice said her attire represented her family’s place of origin.

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