The European Christmas tradition of holding a Christmas bazaar perked up the Taipei European School (TES) campus on Wenlin Road in Taipei on December 1.
"We are so lucky at the TES to have tremendously talented and creative parents, who can make beautiful Christmas decorations, mouth-watering delicacies, and even the event flyers for advertising this year," said Paula Hughes, chairperson of the TES Parent Support Council.
The Christmas Bazaar has always been the Taipei European School's biggest annual fund-raiser. Enthusiastic parent volunteers and teachers once more handled the detailed preparations of this year's bazaar.
The local charity singled out to benefit partially from the project was the Garden of Mercy Foundation. The local organization runs a care center for babies born to HIV-infected mothers. .
Revenues this year came not just from the bazaar but also from the raffle draw with sponsors of prizes like the Carrefour, Deckel Maho Gildemeister, Mercedes Benz, Rodin Frame Art as well as several airlines offering air tickets to Cambodia, Malaysia as well as European destinations.
Upon entering the campus, visitors felt like they had arrived at a festive European town in the 13th century. Booths offered curry rice Delicacies provided glimpses of Indian, Turkish, Korean and Chinese food cultures. Santa going back and forth to take photos of the children was quickly spotted, too.
On the main stage, the students took turns giving performances of ballet and salsa dance, magic act, street dance, and singing. Such demonstration of diverse talents must have been the result of months of practice.
The main market area had assorted Christmas cards, holiday wreaths, Advent calendars, and colorful decorations made by the volunteer parents of the TES students. Western-style paintings, Chinese scrolls, jewelry, antiques, Chinese scarves and handbags went on sale. A Silent Art Auction unfolded in the Music Room. Eight exquisite paintings created by the most talented TES high school students were there for public bidding.
A hall with two-meter long tables had vendors of assorted cookies, cakes, chocolates, and candies. The unique football game featured students in uniforms replacing the tiny player figures at the familiar game table.
Strolling visitors finally decided to look for something to eat. The international food zone displayed a potpourri of food delights from Malaysia, Holland, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Turkey, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, India, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden as well as the Latin American countries.