Every October Fairbanks celebrates its diversity with the International Friendship Day. This year the International Friendship Day marked its 30th anniversary. The venue took place at the Pioneer Centennial Center in the Pioneer Park, which in some travel guides is called Alaska Land.
There were performances from a variety of different national groups that reached from Chinese opera, over music and songs, sword fighting, to traditional dances from various cultures. Furthermore, there were various booths that displayed items unique to the various cultures. At some booths, one could buy traditional food, cookies, bread, or cakes and/or souvenirs or even clothing items.
Great traditional clothes – the International Fashion show
A big highlight of the Fairbanks International Friendship Day is the international clothing pageant. My husband and I have modeled Alpine attire within this traditional clothes show since several years. Unfortunately, I hadn’t found someone to make a photo of the final part, when all models are on the stage at the same time.
This year, the Norwegian group was the largest in the pageant followed by Japan. There were, among others, clothes from the Netherlands, Baltic, Afghanistan, Thailand, Spain, and Russia. I went around to take photos of some ethnic clothes that I thought were outstanding. Aren’t these dresses gorgeous? Let your friends know by tweeting them to have a look at these awesome ethnic clothes!
What I find interesting is that the clothes are more colorful in the countries closer to the Equator than they are for countries farther north, may be with the exception of Norwegian sweaters.
Displays of traditional items
No outfit is complete without hat and shoes
A common thing to all cultures seems to be that celebrations and special occasions ask for a hat. It is amazing how many ways exist to create a head cover.
One of my favorite sayings is that
One never can have too many shoes.
My favorites of this collection are the silver pumps and the wood shoes. I once owned a pair and I loved wearing them with wool socks for gardening. They are so much more comfy than the plastic clogs that just produce sweety feet.
International food for sale
Snapshots of some performances
Which of the traditional clothes is your favorite? Do you like traditional food? What’s your favorite ethnic dish? Let me know, I am curious.
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Photos: N. Mölders (2016)
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