DESIREE ANSTEY JOURNAL PIONEER desiree.anstey @journalpioneer.com @JournalPEI
The recent WAVES festival allowed people to celebrate their native country and others to step out and explore their world, without leaving the comfort of P.E.I. From hip-swinging traditional dances, colourful fashion shows, instrumentals, singing, workshops, art, storytelling and food, the festival with the slogan “your passport to a world of culture” kicked off across Summerside, Linkletter, and St. Eleanors on July 17 and 18. The Wilmot Community Centre was one of the six pavilions representing a specific country peppered around Prince County, where Naghma Zaidi illustrated the beauty of Pakistan. “Back home, we do henna designs on hands, feet, legs, and arms for special occasions. Henna is a temporary tattoo. Once dry and washed, it leaves the skin stained with the artwork. Designs can include lace patterns, animal depictions and symbolism to signify love, joy, luck or blessings,” motioned Zaidi, who wore a sultry, gloved-look pattern on her hand. The two-day event gave guests the chance to make new friends and learn about their different way of life, culture, traditions, values, and food, while promoting community and multiculturalism.