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Festivals promote Brotherhood of Mankind and Fatherhood of God.

Classes I and II                                                                                                     

Activity: Global and cultural awareness

The lively and vibrant celebrations of the festivals of Eid, Diwali, and Christmas  exposed the young minds to the essence of festivals and culture. The children came dressed in bright traditional Muslim attires, shared seviyaan the traditional cuisine of Eid-ul- Fitr and spread the message of brotherhood by hugging each other. The students wore traditional dresses to celebrate the ‘festival of lights’, Diwali. The teachers involved the tiny tots in making rangolis and class decoration. The array of lights and diyas added charm to their festive mood. They melodiously sang the Choupai from the Ramayana and presented a skit to honour the return of Rama-chandra, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu to Ayodhya after his 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. The tiny tots were apprised that Diwali symbolizes the spiritual ‘victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance’. The little ones performed Puja for Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi and sang the ‘Aarti’ with great devotion in the Diwali Puja arranged for them. The USA festivity of Christmas was celebrated with equal enthusiasm and the little ones decked in red and white western attires and sang carols and hymns to welcome Lord Jesus in the world. The significance of Christmas was highlighted in the skit on the birth of Jesus. They happily exchanged gifts and shared their plum cakes when Santa Claus distributed sweets and gifts. The aim of the activity was to train the students right from childhood to experience various cultures through the celebration of all religious festivals, create global and cultural awareness, develop tolerance, understanding and love for all race and creeds, and respect for communities that pave the way for a harmonious social living and celebrate festivals with zeal.