Celebrating Diversity and Promote Learning

Our enthusiastic EY Learners gathered knowledge about the various Indian festivals celebrated this semester. Beginning with making their eco-friendly Ganesha’s with river clay. They watched a video about Ganesha after which they created their own eco-friendly Ganesh idol.  The students were open-minded to know more about Ganesha and principled by showing respect to others’ beliefs and values. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the major festivals of India which continues for 10 long days. Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati is worshipped all over India by the Hindus as the Lord of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

This was closely followed by the Navratri festival where students creatively decorated their dandiya sticks.  The students were risk-takers and had fun dancing to the Hindi dandiya beat songs. They displayed some great fine motor skills when they made beautiful marigold flower garlands, Torans, for Dussehra which is considered auspicious and hung at the entrance of the door. Dussehra is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.

For Diwali the Festival of Lights they made beautiful paper lanterns and coloured different rangoli patterns. Diwali is celebrated across the country, mainly as a festival to welcome goddess Lakshmi. People clean their homes, to welcome the Goddess and decorate the entrance of the house with beautiful rangolis. The rangoli patterns are created using colours, rice powder and also flower petals. Rangoli is an old Indian tradition, followed by the ancestors since several years and holds a special importance during Diwali.

They learned about Mahatma Gandhiji a prominent Indian personality and why Gandhiji Jayanti is celebrated on 2nd of October. The highlight was the reflections which they came up with when they reflected on Gandhiji’s three monkeys and how they support Gandhiji’s vision of, ‘hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil’. Some of the reflections…

Nandita : “I will close my mouth so I cannot speak little secrets or bad things’’

Omkar :  “I want to close my eyes and not see bad things like  people hitting others. I want to close my ears so I don’t hear bad things’’.

Another special day the 14th of November the Birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, which is known as Children’s Day or Bal Diwas. As a treat for the students, the teachers and our EY Tai’s made rice puff laddoos together. On that day the students enjoyed cutting and decorating their crowns and eating Bhel ( an Indian snack) during collaborative play.