Mini Kartini

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Home Sweet Home, Singapore | July 20, 2012

In Singapore, we celebrate every 21st July as Racial Harmony Day. Since 21st July this year falls on a weekend, Naia celebrates the Racial Harmony Day on a Friday, July 20.

If in Indonesia, we would put on our traditional costume for Hari Kartini, or our Independence Day, in Singapore, being a melting pot celebrates it on this special day.

Racial Harmony Day represents a day for schools to reflect on, and celebrate Singapore’s success as a racially harmonious nation and society built on a rich diversity of culture and heritage. In schools all across the nation on that day, students are encouraged to be dressed in their traditional costumes such as the Cheongsam and the Baju Kurung. Traditional delicacies are also featured in the celebrations. Traditional games such as Kutih-kutih and zero point are played in schools, where inter-class competitions are sometimes organised.

I wasn’t there at the school to celebrate the Racial Harmony Day, but the school did require us to put Naia on a traditional costume and bring in the traditional delicacies.

Last year, Naia wore an Indian sari because her dad just came back from India and brought back a nice Indian outfit for her to wear. The year before that, Naia wore a batik outfit. This year, I realized that I haven’t prepared anything for her, so the night before the day, I skimmed through her closet to find this kebaya outfit that her grandmother had brought for her on her last visit. It was perfect! Naia had not worn them yet. So I put her on in Kebaya, tied her hair back to make it look like a “sanggul”, and voila, she transforms into a Mini Kartini.

She may not know who Kartini is and what she had fought for, but it’d be nice to know that she’d be able to look back to this picture and know that one time, she represent Kartini on Racial Harmony Day. Maybe one day, she can tell stories to her classmates about her.

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