Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Holi celebrations


Hi All,

Just felt like sharing something with all of u guys 

I m pretty new to writing to LEAD group but will try my best to describe the whole thing as nicely as possible and will expect ur co-ordinations as well to make such a practise a success in future.

On Saturday me and my friend Pushplata and our new yoga teacher priyanaka :) decided to have some fun at class on the occasion of holi rather than having regular class as we were totally aware that kids will be feeling bored( :) as we used to feel when we were kids ) ,
decided to celebrate HOLI festival with them we wanted to make them aware of why HOLI is celebrated what is the actual reason of celebrations what all fun we can have along with the advantages and dis-advantages of the actions performed by many of kids these days on the name of holi that injures them in some or the other way.

We planned to re-create all the things that are done in proper holi like colours , thandai (of course without bhang ;) ) ,sweets ,flowers .

the moment we entered the class to our much surprise nobody was carrying the bags with them and on asking they told that we want to play holi not to study today so we said ok we will be doing the same to which they became very happy and listened to each and everything that we told them they sat in proper lines started with prayers than  we distributed sweets and thandai then we had small session of story telling and poem to which everyone responded wonderfully it was such a wonderful moment to see the co-ordination they shared ( you all guys missed it :) ), after that we showed them videos of hiranykashap and bhakt prahlad to make them aware of the reason of holi celebration and to our surprise most of them responded very well ,altogether it was a wonderful experience .

After all this we had a small session of yoga and kids enjoyed that too and before leaving we played holi with flowers every one participated in it and were throwing flowers at each and everyone and specially teachers :D and played a game of recognising color with packets of holi colours that we got with us.

I wanted to share this because i wanted to gather information on what all things we are doing to make the kids aware of the festivals and other things being celebrated in india as this will help us making them socially aware of outside world , this is our first try so didnt had much ideas to put in  and  would love to get more ideas so that we can celebrate each and every festival including our children's birthday party .

Thanks,
Shweta/Pushplata

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful work Shweta/Pushpalata !!!

    We had celebrated Holi last to last year,,, Loads and Loads of colorful flowers ....

    (Oh !! I still remember those moments... Children were awe-struck seeing the big heap of flowers !!! While our Saroj Madam narrated them the story of Prahlad and Holika, Arun and I started separating the petals of flowers.....And then a BIG SPLASH !!!! Loads of SCREAMING and wild LAUGHTER !! I bet, they enjoyed it much more than colors ;-) And even WE too !!! The whole room was afresh with fragrance !! ;)))

    But couldn't do anything last year,,,,

    Good that we could do something for some of our children on this Holi.....!!
    You have rightly said,,,, We missed the fun.. esp. the Thandai ;-(

    I esp. liked the way you distributed color packets to the children.. through a color-recognition game !! That's what is Fun-Learn way !!

    Coming to your queries,

    We have been trying to celebrate as many festivals as we can.... Some of the major ones that we always do are Diwali, Christmas, 15th Aug, 26th Jan, Raksha Bandhan, Children's Day,.. This time we even added Ganeshotsav.. and that too an Eco-friendly one !!

    Our main event on 15th Aug is the prize distribution -- something like Annual Day... felicitating the kids for the academic performances... and the most imp part of this event is the Involvement of their parents....We even try to showcase the other talents of our children before their parents.... like last time, our kids had performed 3 group dances, an act, and even some box puppets and flags painted in different styles....

    While we had also organized Sports Day last year and felicitated our kids for the same during the Replublic Day function, we couldnt do the same this year ;-(

    Some times we miss the festivals due to the volunteers' unavailability and sometimes due the lack of initiative.... As you saw this time, you took the lead, and we could pull it off !!!

    Yes, we feel that there is still lot more that can be done like Ramzan Eid (I have been trying for this since last 3 years... but ;-( Guru Nanak Jayanti , Pateti, Mahavir Jayanti, Gandhi Jayanti, (After all these days shouldn't be taken as just another school holidays by them ).... Even a small talk, or little preparation, or now the things are much easier,,, with computers and you-tube around....

    Believe me, we can do each one of these.... It just needs an initiative...a lead.... Just say that you want to do this.... or you are doing this..... and then see the magic !! Our entire team will join you .... ;-)

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