By Yohane Symon:
As part of promoting and preserving culture DMI University in Mangochi last weekend hosted a Cultural Day that saw students showcasing different activities.
For once, students forgot their studies and came together in unity to show the best of cultural activities.
The university’s vice chancellor, Fr Sengol Jeyaseelan, said the Cultural Day was set aside to give a chance to students to participate in cultural activities.
Jeyaseelan said the Cultural Day was also a platform for students from other countries to show case their culture but also learn the country’s culture.
“Through this day, we want to give students an opportunity to have fun but in a cultural way. We believe that culture is the most important thing that forms a person as regards identity followed by education. So it is our duty as a university to make sure that students participate in this,” Father Jeyaseelan said.Advertisement
Apart from showcasing different traditional dances, students, also dressed in different wears.
During the day, people also had time to sample local food and drinks which included sweet beer.
During the event, students and lecturers also competed in traditional dances.
The university’s entertainment director, William Banda, hailed the university’s management for introducing the cultural day as an annual event.
“It is important to put culture on top; with technology, a lot of things have changed nowadays where the current generation is obsessed with Western culture so, we need to value our own culture and that can only be done through platforms such as cultural day. Today we had an opportunity to perform different traditional dances performed in different places,” Banda said.
He said apart from performing various traditional dances, the students, lecturers and people surrounding the university had an opportunity to interact and share ideas and learn from each other.
“There are some traditional dances which we didn’t know about but, through the performances we were able to grab some moves and next time we will be able to perform them better. Traditional dances play a key role in showing the identity of people and as students we value this so much,” he said.
Banda also said the cultural day gave them a platform to have fun.
The theme for this year’s event was Zakwathu.
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