Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India in many different ways on the 14th day of January. The day marks the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
The learners of PS1 and 2 had a taste of the festival during their collaborative play time on Wednesday morning and on Thursday during host culture lesson.
Kite flying was one of the major attractions enjoyed by everyone. Even our reluctant learners were willing to give it a try. A warm breezy morning made the experience even more enjoyable. It was a sight to behold as the children raced up and down the field with cheerful faces, closely followed by a rainbow of kites trailing behind them and Sunita tai and Ms Cynthia trying to capture these moments.
As some of our children were busy testing their kite making skills with Ms. Pratima and Manisha tai, others were busy watching Ms Sharon make fire ready to roast root vegetables. A few inquired about the purpose of making fire in a bowl and helped cook the vegetables.
Many were risk takers and tried roasted yam, sweet potatoes and taro roots, collectively called ‘tarul’, cooked and shared as a part of the celebration in Darjeeling, a small Himalayan town in the north east of India.
Sankranti celebrations cannot possibly be deemed complete without making and sharing ‘tilgul’ , a mixture of jaggery and sesame seeds with friends and family , as many people in Maharashtra do, to mark the day. The delicious smell of toasted sesame seeds and jaggery filled the PS room making us drool instantly.
We hope that experiencing different aspects of the festival, have encouraged our learners to be open-minded, tolerant and respectful towards each other, embrace differences and cherish similarities in their beliefs and cultures.