So far, we have had a very busy start to 2012! Not only did we launch our new Liz Fields prom line for Spring 2012, but we also greatly expanded our presence in Canada to over 50 locations!
Of course, with any new location comes new customs and traditions. For example, we never knew that In Canada, while most schools do have a prom, it is only held only for the graduating class. Because of this the terms “grad formal” and “grad dress” are used more often than our prom and prom dress. There is no prom held for Grade 11 in Canada, It is strictly a ceremony celebrating the graduation from high school, so don’t expect to be asked you your junior prom if you move to Canada! We also learned that the shopping for grad dresses begins much earlier in Canada than in the US, starting in early January, something to think about ladies! No matter where you live, it’s never too early to start trying on prom dresses!
Of course, learning all of this has perked our interest, what do other countries do for prom? So, we did some research, here are a few of our favorites:
South Africa – Their version of the American prom is the “Matric Dance.” The Matric happens during the matriculation year of high school, hence the name. The Matric dance takes place shortly before the spring break, and before their final Matriculation Examinations begin.
Russia – Their prom is called “Vipusknoy vecher,” which literally means “evening of graduation.” This takes place at the end of June after all of their Sate exams have finished. The opposite of when they have their celebration in South Africa.
Belgium – Instead of prom the senior class celebrates their last 100 days of high school with a special day called “Chrysostomos” or “100-dagen feest” (100-days party). The tradition for the 100-day celebration is that on this day, seniors are allowed to pull pranks on their teachers and fellow students. In the evening, students head to a rented club to party.
Norway – They call their celebration “Nyttårsballet” which means “The New Year’s Ball.” It is normally held during the winter months.
Peru – In Peru, their Prom is called “Fiesta de Promocion.” Now get this, they are normally held at hotels where students might choose to stay the night! While some parents and teachers are often invited, but they don’t normally stay the whole night. Not only is dinner served at the party, but breakfast is often served the next day!
Now it’s your turn! We would love to know; where are you from, and did you have a prom? If so, when was it, and what was it called?