Festivals at the Indian Village by Priyanshu Raj, Class 11

Festivals are much awaited by us children in the Indian Village.

On  2nd October we marked Gandhi Jayanti , the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The senior boys melodiously sang Ganghi’s favourite song, “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram”. Two students gave speeches in English and Hindi respectively. Mamta of Class 11 gave a speech on the life of Pestalozzi.

Next, we celebrated the festival of lights, Diwali, which is one of the most important festivals in India. We had inter-house rangoli, dance and music competitions judged by Cheme Ma’am, Nina Ma’am and Sue Ma’am. The senior boys won by putting on a stunning dance performance and melodious singing. Each and every house in the village was very well decorated with candles and oil lamps. Diwali marks the return of Lord Ram and his wife Sita back to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile.

On 14
th November, the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, is celebrated as Children’s Day. We eagerly awaited the arrival of this day as we heard that the staff were secretly preparing a show for us. The day finally arrived and we were literally shell-shocked to see all the staff members perform so sportingly. The show included a fancy dress parade, dance performances and stand- up comedy. We enjoyed the amazing Garhwali dance performance by Cheme Ma’am and the housemothers the most.  

Then on 10th December, we had a prayer ceremony to mark the 28th year of H.H the Dalai Lama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. After the singing of all 3 national anthems, sweets were distributed.