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PreK-Grade 12 International Day and Boarding School in Kobe, Japan | Since 1913


Our diversity and cultural celebrations

Our diversity and cultural celebrations

Canadian Academy is a vibrant international community, and we are privileged to take part in a multitude of cultural festivities throughout the year. November is one of the most exciting months when we can enjoy an array of diverse celebrations.

Fall Fest

On November 1st, our elementary playground was an extravaganza of exciting cultural experiences. As our elementary students and families got together in fun creative outfits, it might have looked like Halloween. In fact, it was a joint celebration of Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and Diwali. 

Our parent volunteers put in hours of dedication to prepare fun games and activities, including face painting and decorative paper crafts, and our students spent a wonderful afternoon familiarizing themselves with different cultural celebrations. It was also lovely to see some of our secondary students volunteering for the event and caring for their younger peers.


‘Diwali is the Indian New Year, and people decorate their houses with so many lights and candles.’ Ms. Neetu, dressed in a beautiful traditional outfit, introduced what the celebration looks like. She also set up a special altar with stunning rangoli patterns and candles in the classroom.

Our Pre-K/KA students were excited to see the brilliant candles and decorations of the altar, familiarizing themselves with the Diwali tradition. They also had fun experiencing some art crafts relevant to Diwali, such as coloring rangolis and making candle holders. 

Dia de los Muertos

Did you see our secondary students wearing skull-looking face paint on November 2nd? This was part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration, which Ms. Ko, our Spanish teacher, and her students from Spanish class organized. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration to honor friends and family members who passed away, and it is their tradition to wear face paint. The students happily held a quick face-painting stand in the atrium and offered a face-painting experience to their peers.

A beautiful ofrenda (altar) was also created to recognize their loved ones who sadly passed away. It displayed their photos together with their favorite food. This was a great example where our students enhance their understanding of the language through a cultural experience.

These are just examples of the cultural celebrations at our school, and we are grateful for all these opportunities. We highly appreciate the passion of our families, teachers, and students for sharing in their beautiful traditions, and we are always impressed by their respect for different cultures.