The British School of Kuwait (BSK) was honored to be invited by the President of the International Women’s Group (IWG) to make a presentation at the February meeting to celebrate Kuwait’s National Day at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
IWG is a prestigious group of women including wives of Ambassadors, diplomats and leading ladies in Kuwait’s society. Similar to a United Nations for ladies, the group is involved in many worthwhile endeavors and for the evening they bought the culture and traditions of their host country Kuwait alive by staging a traditional wedding.
The presentation was led by BSK’s Deputy Director of Finance Sanaa Kamelia Al Mutawa, herself an IWG member and supported by Anwahar Al Hasan. The theme of the presentation was a traditional Kuwaiti wedding and a group of 25 Year 9 students performed the various traditions of the wedding to the delight of the captive audience.
The performance covered the various traditions of the wedding rituals from the initial engagement, the Dezza, the signing of the marriage contract, the arrival of the bride on the wedding day, the Jelwa and finally, the arrival of the groom. As the students divided into the supporters of the bride and the supporters of the groom and moved through the ceremony with their fine clothes and wedding gifts, the audience was transported into another era. They marveled at the magnificence of the performance and how many aspects of the rituals differed or compared with their own traditions and customs.
The presentation closed with a National Song and the audience joined with the performers to celebrate Kuwait’s National Day with flag waving and some traditional wedding cake gers ogailee. BSK would like to thank the IWG Board, in particular Narjis Al Shatti, for the invitation to be a part of this special event.