See how immigrants celebrate with their friends

Fairbanks International Friendship Day

An October Must-go event in Fairbanks is the International Friendship Day. This event was named one of the ten best fall events in Alaska last year. This friendship celebration is organized by former Peace Corps volunteers and my friend Rosalind Kan and supported by various immigrant groups around town. Thus, when you happen to be in town on Friendship Day, it’s the best way to learn a lot about life in Fairbanks.

In previous posts on this annual celebration, I reported about the delicious dishes that are up for sales, artifacts exhibited at the venue, the music and awesome the dance costumes as well as about Fairbanks street style.

Heritage is shown with pride

Even when people have been born in the US and it were their their grandparents or generation before them, they know and tell their family history. Interestingly, there are people who are 100% Russian eventhough it where their great-great grandparents who moved to Alaska. They came when Alaska still belonged to Russia, i.e. they actually hadn’t immigrated, but just moved. They often can be recognized by their way of dressing when you do your grocery shopping. There are some communities in the Interior where you get along with just knowing Russian.

Norwegian outfits at Fairbanks international friendship day
Family with Norwegian lice sweaters and embroidered dirndl, leather pants. See the parents wear jeans with the lice sweaters.

I love these traditional Norwegian lice sweaters and jackets. There is an unexpected history of these lice sweaters. This knitting pattern doesn’t only look great, it also is very smart from an insulation point of view. Thus, perfect for high latitude climate like northern Norway or Interior or north Alaska.

Young woman wearing a Dutch traditional outfit
Young woman wearing a Dutch traditional outfit. See the wide hems. They serve to keep the skirt and apron in place (i.e. down) in windy conditions. The overshirt (floral top) also serves as windbreaker. The vest underneath is closed with a ribbon that is hold in gold color rings.

My great aunt used to wear an apron like this. It has an extra band across the bum to keep the apron down in the windy weather of the Netherlands. To withstand the wind the hems of the skirt and apron are very wide.

Fairbanks Street Style is fashion at the Last Frontier

young woman in Fairbanks street style with dress over pants and cropped jacket
Young woman in denim jacket, tunic dress over pants and sneakers

Dress over pants is a Fairbanks thing. Mostly over leggings or skinnies. Skinnies are an Alaska classic.

Dance costumes

Indian dancers in costumes waiting on a staircase
Two women in Indian dance outfits waiting for their call

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Top of the World Style Linkup party

Welcome to the 230th Top of the World Style linkup party and thanks for coming! Let me introduce you to the awardees from last week’s linkup and check out their blogs.

Style winner: Jill

 Top of the World Style Winner Jill of Doused in Pink in waffle top, skinnies and tall boots
Jill of Doused in Pink won the Top of the World Style Winner title. Photo from her post.

Jill the blogger at of Doused in Pink is the Top of the World Style Winner.

Readers’ Fav: Penny

vintage glam jewelry
Penny the blogger at Frugal Fashion Shopper became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post.

Penny, the budget and vinatge fashion blogger at of Frugal Fashion Shopper became Top of the World OOTD readers’ fav as you clicked her post the most often. She presented her latest vintage jewelry finds. Isn’t the spider brooch perfect for Halloween?

My Fav: Duhamel

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Duhamel in floral skirt with burnt orange blazer and belt
Duhamel of La Moumous became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post.

My favorite look was the sweater, jeans and leo pumps Casual Friday look that Tatiana Moskatova of My Fab Forties linked up. Too bad that white washes me out. I so adore this look.

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. donnadoesdresses

    Interesting about the Russians and intriguing that the clothing has all these inbuilt ways to keep warm – genius when in such cold climates! Always good to see differences and enjoy them as it’s what makes the world go around!!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  2. mireilleftm

    That is a really neat even especially that it has more than one group or culture represented!
    chez Mireille fashion travel mom

  3. dousedinpink

    What a great event! Love that these traditions are passed down! Thank you so much for the feature! What a nice surprise!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  4. Nicole Mölders

    I agree. My father’s side of the family comes also from an area that historically always has been a melting pot because it was occupied by all kinds of nations. The occupants and locals mixed keeping some of the brought-in traditions. That’s areason why the food in the Rhineland is very different than the food elsewhere in Germany. It’s actually spicy.

  5. It’s nice that they traditions are passed down, even when the children aren’t born in Russia… I think that’s important, especially with how much of a melting pot the U.S. is!


  6. fiercefashion

    I enjoyed the immigrants celebrations photos. Also, loving the style winners of the week.

  7. mummabstylish

    Nice mix of traditional costumes – thanks for sharing them on your post. Thanks too for the #linkup Jacqui x

  8. shelbeeontheedge1

    What a wonderful event! I love seeing all the traditional outfits. And what a great way to meet new people and learn about their cultures.


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