Nowadays, besides Twinsburg, other Twins Day Festival are held across America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Most Twins Day Festivals are hosted or co-hosted by groups of researchers as these festivals are a fun and casual way to meet with twins who may be curious about contributing towards science by volunteering to collaborate with the researchers. Besides being interested in research, twins festivals are a great way for twins or parents of twins to meet each other to bond over the similarities they share.
In conjunction with National Twins Day, the Nottingham Malaysian Twin Registry (NMTR) organised Twins Day Festival in Monash University Malaysia on 17August to celebrate the special bond shared between a pair of twins. The objective of the event was to provide a platform for twin pairs who would to meet with twins from other parts of Malaysia.
“The event hopes to bring Malaysian twins from different backgrounds together. Twins, and especially identical twins, are often confused with one another; not only by their friends or teachers but even by their own parents. In addition, they are also treated as one individual rather than as pair of individuals. It is also often assumed by others that what one twin wants is the same as what other twin wants. As such, twins have unique experiences, and the Twins Day Festival aimed to offer a platform for twins to share these experiences with each other,” said Dr Steve Janssen, one of the primary researchers of NMTR.
On the day of the festival, besides fun games and activities that the twins and parents could join in, the two short talks by the two researchers behind the NMTR that covered the importance of twin studies to the scientific community and the special autobiographical memories that twins have.
The event ended with our twins bringing home prizes from the games they took part in as well as the lucky draw . Additionally participants of the event, which comprised twins and their family members, left with an increased knowledge and understanding of the effort the NMTR is putting in to increase the amount of twin studies that can be done in Malaysia. If you are a twin or know of any twins, do direct them to join our registry and volunteer in research opportunities as well as fun events such as this!
(Article image caption: Photo session with twins and their family and friends at the event)
(Thumbnail image caption: Twins in a friendly Pictionary battle)
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Posted on 3rd September 2019