It’s normal in South Korea to have school festivals. I believe there’s one every semester. This week we had our school festival. It has been pretty crazy all week, with students staying after to rehearse for their dance or to prepare for Friday’s festival.
From Homerooms to Game Rooms
Every homeroom and or club was assigned to host an event or game. The events ranged from traditional games like darts and limbo to traditional Korean games like gomoku (like 5 in a row tick-tack-toe on a go board, or if I’m using the Korean name, baduk board), kongi nori (공기 노리, Korean jacks), yut nori (윷놀이), and ttakji (딱지치기). Small snacks and candies could be won. Some classes were more unique; there was a haunted room, a norebang (karaoke), a trivia contest, face painting and nail painting. We had two hours to go around and check out all the games. There were also games set up outside and an ongoing soccer game, which I totally got in on. There were also snack vendors
What was most surprising was the end of the day finale. Students had been preparing for a “talent” show. What I wasn’t ready for was the quality of the lighting and sound systems brought in for the festival. I found out after that this was actually low-key compared to what other schools rent. One private school school that my friend works at had rented pyrotechnics for their school festival!
I was blown away by how well done everything was done. Some were duets while others were full groups or bands. There was also a traditional Korean drumming group. They also did a play on the Korean singing contest show, Mystery Music Show: King of Mask Singer (Korean: 미스터리 음악쇼 복면가왕) where singers come out wearing elaborate masks to hide from the audience. I was also startled at the promiscuity of the dances that were allowed at this school function. K-pop dances aren’t as sexual as American pop dances, however, between the ridiculously short skirts that are in fashion and the dances, I had to palm-face. No one seemed to be bothered by it though, so I just sat back and enjoyed the show.