Emotional learning is important.

It was raining cats and dogs that day, very cold afternoon, I was expecting my class students to arrive late for the class but surprisingly four students came in before time so we started chatting while waiting for others to arrive, kind of warm up time. While chatting, I causally mentioned a boy’s name from another batch with reference to something and to my surprise, suddenly a six years old cute-little first grader screamed in excitement, “Auntieee, that’s my boyfriend’s name____”

For a moment I didn’t understand what to say, I was stunned but then immediately looking at her age and sensitivity of the topic I said, “Good, you have a friend named _____wonderful! but you know, it’s a common name in India.” I thought I could change the topic but before even I could complete my sentence, another girl said, “Auntie, she is saying BOY-FRIEND…” Uh,oh now I didn’t have any option but to continue the same topic so I said, “ Wow! A friend who is a boy-Boyfriend-great!! When I was of your age I too had few friends who were boys-Boyfriends.” now I could see irritated faces around me, the third girl chuckled and said, “Auntie, she is talking about Boyfriend- Love.” By then couple of more students came in and showed great interest in the conversation.

Finally the cute little first grader couldn’t take anymore she has to clear my misunderstanding she stood up and said,” Auntie, I said Boyfriend-Boy first friend later and you are saying friend first and Boy later.” Indeed, a good point by a six yrs old, her confidence was praiseworthy.

With an innocent face I asked, “soooo, how does it matter what comes first- Boy or friend?”

Rolling her eyes as if I have no clue, she continued,” Auntie, we could have many friends who are boys but there will be only one boy who could be our boyfriend. Boyfriend- like in the movie, love.”

After such a wonderful explanation I couldn’t disagree anymore & I said,” Wow! Thanks for explaining to me that was nice. So it means you are good friends, right?” maintaining the same innocent look, just to understand more about her views on this.

“No auntie, we are best friends, we are together since Nursery, now I am about to complete my first grade… we sit together in the class, we play and eat together, I share my food with him etc….” She replied enthusiastically. I nodded my head in agreement but by then other students came in and we had to cut short our interesting conversation in the middle.

The following week when the same six yrs old girl came for the class, she looked pretty grumpy, so I asked her, if everything was ok, and her answer almost shook me.

She said, ”Auntie, Today I broke up with my boy friend____.” My instant reaction was like “Whatttt?”

“Yes, auntie, he said I was not his friend anymore and he started playing with another girl, today he even ate lunch with her, I didn’t like that. Very mean.” She said sadly. I could see her emotionally disturbed, angry, uncomfortable and it surely affected her deeply.

It made me think, should the little girl be disturbed so much because someone was not playing with her or was she disturbed by the lack of attention/importance given by this so called ‘Special person’. As parents we come across such incidences pretty often during our kids growing years. Some kids handle it confidently, some by crying, some by getting angry and some by not showing any reaction at all… Generally kids are like, you are not my friend, I am not your friend, I won’t play with you and kids move on & after sometime become friends again. Every child handles it differently but we,parents need to monitor our kids reactions to such emotional situations and guide them accordingly.

The cute little girl’s story didn’t end here, the following week in the class when we were talking about how babies grow and how parents help them to become independent and confident and how we all should be grateful to them for that etc… The same little girl said, “Auntie I too love babies they are so cute but you know what, I will have babies without marriage… Marriage is not good.” I couldn’t stop myself but relate her  sentence with the earlier experience she went through… I am confident, these are not her own words, she must have heard somewhere either media, her peers, or adults talking, but look at the impact it had on her, At such a tender age she might not even understand its meaning at all but these thoughts are getting planted in her mind unknowingly. I am not discussing here if such thoughts about marriage are good or bad, what matters to me the most is that our kids are getting emotionally weak and are unable to handle such situations and getting adversely affected.

I believe, we, parents, play an important role in our children’s emotional development. Our behaviour, reactions, relationship to other family members/people surely have a great impact on our young children. We need to take that extra step to make our children emotionally strong, provide them the emotional learning to handle emotional challenges they face every day.

I know our kids many not even remember their early growing years but their childhood experiences can shape their adulthood. Raising children in a positive, secure, encouraging environment supports them in growing into emotionally strong, happy and successful adults.

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Acharya Vinoba Bhave – a great spiritual leader and a social reformer

Om Tat Sat Shri Narayan Tu, Purushottam Guru tu…

Siddha Buddha Tu, Skand vinayak Savita Pavak tu..

We all know this Universal prayer, in fact we all must have recited it at least once during our school years but do you know who has written this  meaningful-melodious-magnificent hymn??? Vinoba Bhave – a great spiritual leader and a social reformer of modern India.

Acharya Vinoba Bhave PC – from Internet

Vinoba-Vinayak Narhari Bhave was born in a Brahmin family of Maharashtra(India) in September 1895. He was the eldest son of Narahari Shambu Rao and Rukmini Devi. Since childhood he showed great interest to work for the freedom of India and thats why he was greatly attracted towards courage, dedication and sincerity. He was also fond of literature and philosophy. He was hardly interested in the world affairs. Vinoba gave up the college education and went to Varanasi (Banaras) in 1916 – at the age of twenty,  to study Sanskrit,Philosophy and world literature. He learned different languages only to understand religious literature of the world. He knew all the major Indian languages like Hindi-Marathi-Gujarati-Kannada-Telgu etc other than Sanskrit, Arabic, Pali, English, French, German. He studied all the major world religions too.

Once Vinoba’s mother listened to the talks on Bhagwat Gita given by some scholar but couldn’t follow hence she asked Vinoba to translate Bhagwat Gita into Marathi-his mother tongue. Later Vinoba translated Bhagwat Gita verse by verse in Marathi and he named it “Gitai-Mother Gita.” The first edition was published on 14th July 1932 when Vinoba was in Dhule jail.

Vinoba was inspired by Mahatma Gandhiji’s speech at the Banaras Hindu university and later he met Gandhi and that meeting changed the course of Vinoba’s life. Vinoba was a follower and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. In fact Vinoba was considered as a spiritual successor of Mahatma Gandhi. He was not a politician but an innovative  social reformer of modern India. Throughout his life he worked on Gandhian lines but he had his special personality and unique approach. Gandhi chose Vinoba to be the first Satyagrahi i.e Non-Violent resister. He was imprisoned several times from 1920 to 1940. Once India got Independence, Vinoba started out on his extraordinary movement  “Bhoodan Movement” (Land-Gift) Over a period of thirteen years Vinoba walked through the length and breadth of India persuading landowners to give some of their land to poor and give them a chance  to live a dignified life. Vinoba Bhave was known as “Acharya” (teacher). Acharya Vinoba Bhave the founder of many movements and hermitages became a world figure as “Walking Saint” soon after Bhoodan movement.

On the bank of river Dham, few km away from Wardha- at Paunar, Vinoba established his ashram in the year 1934. He stayed in Paunar ashram from 1969 till his death. In Paunar ashram he successfully  conducted different projects and one of them was establishing Brahma vidya mandir.  Women’s spiritual liberation is the motto of this mandir (temple). He has written number of books and “Talks on Gita” (Gita Pravachane)  is one of his many famous books.

In November 1982 Vinoba fell seriously ill and on 15th November 1982 the great social reformer, spiritual leader of india passed away.

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Vinoba Bhave has given a great and an important message to the world that, the days of Religion are over. World will be a family. Now we are in the era where service to our fellow humans should be considered as service to God.

Below are some of the thoughts expressed by Vinoba —

Self control, fearlessness and independence of thinking these are three tests of education. Only that country is educated where these three qualities find expression. 

These days absence of war is regarded as peace. But peace really connotes absence of fear. These would be peace only when no part of the world is afraid of or exploited by any other part.

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Happiness is not a goal but a by-product !!!

When I landed at my parent’s place last month, I was worried about my Mom’s health, since three years she isn’t keeping well and hardly walks. Over to that, just few days before my trip to hometown, my Mom fell down and hurt herself. I wasn’t sure how she would be?  Was it very serious? series of doubts… But the moment I reached home and stepped out of the car, couple of students from my Mom’s class (not for profit class) saw me and ran towards me. They enthusiastically asked, “Didi (elder sister) when will you take the activity class or workshop for us.” And in the same breath continued,” Can we come tomorrow? We will let all the students know about your arrival. You will be here for few days, right?” I was speechless to see their eagerness to learn something from me or to spend time with me. Unfortunately, like always, this time I couldn’t immediately say ‘yes’ to them… but looking at their excitement, I just smiled and said,” I will let you know later.”

Every time I go to my parents place I plan different activities, games or workshops for all the class students so I knew they were expecting something similar from me. During my stay, almost every day some or other student would come home and ask me about the special class. Their interest and enthusiasm surely gave me immense satisfaction that whatever I was doing for them was worth it. Needless to say, all these kids just need a mentor to guide them- direct them and encourage them to go ahead. I felt happy that they found that mentor in me.

Fortunately in 7-8 days my Mom started feeling better and good part was she could walk a bit, as I really wanted her to be there for that special class/event to encourage me and bless me. Fortunately everything was in place now to plan that special class but then my personal commitments didn’t allow me to conduct anything. Days went by & just two more days left for my departure. I was kind of disappointed that this time I wouldn’t be able to conduct the class for my Mom’s class students. Those who came to request me again I politely explained to them about my commitments and apologised. Even though I said sorry to them, I felt unhappy and unsatisfied, I thought that I was giving them unnecessary excuses. I was in dilemma. Finally, after a short nap, I have decided that I would conduct something for them the next day, the last day before my departure and would postpone my personal commitments. This decision gave me much needed peace. In the evening I told couple of students who again came to check with me if there was any possibility of having a special class. I announced that we would have a potluck party first with no special menu and then drawing activity followed by a small event. Within minutes ten more students gathered, I shared my activity plan with them and when they came to know that I was interested in having a potluck party-activity in our front-yard-close to the nature… That’s it… before I could complete my sentence, all the kids including my own & sister’s kids started cleaning the front-yard ‘Swachata abhiyaan” (Cleanliness drive). They got brooms, baskets etc and started cleaning together. This gave me an opportunity to educate them about cleanliness-hygienic conditions- clean water- clean surrounding etc. We together spent some time in cleaning and decorating the front-yard.

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Next day morning I went for shopping with my sister, got drawing books, pencils, pens and special snacks & Sweets for all the students. At 12’oclock sharp students started coming in, dressed up in good-colourful attires and accessories. Although because of the summer holidays few students were out of town but those who were around enthusiastically participated. They bought their tiffin boxes with them filled with some delicious food (whatever they could afford to bring) and enough for them only. Almost all of them got Potato subji (curry) and chapati (tortillas) — very simple but with lot of love and affection. In fact, I knew for some students getting potato curry was an expensive option as they usually eat chapati with onion or dry chutney, curry was kind of a luxury for them. The praiseworthy part of the potluck was, all the students planned it so well that one of the students got a sweet (ladoo) only two- so that I could eat sweet for the lunch… so thoughtful, of course we all shared two ladoos among ourselves. Before starting the lunch we all recited a prayer to thank god for all the delicious food. Later, all the students wanted me to taste their food and I couldn’t refuse them. I sat down with them and tasted each and everyone’s chapatti-curry, pickle etc. My daughter was surprised to see that couple of students got very less curry and two chapaties and when I tasted it, I understood the reason behind the less curry. The curry was very very spicy that I myself ran to drink water. After the potluck my mom explained to my kids that some of them couldn’t afford to buy vegies so they make curry with less veggies or lentils & more water and very spicy so that it would be enough for all the family members. It was a huge lesson for my kids who sometimes refuse to eat curries at home, that experience also helped them understand how privileged they are. We all spent couple of hours in eating-chatting-singing etc..

We started our drawing activity soon after the lunch. As it was a very last minute proposal so there was no theme, I just asked them to draw whatever they like, in an hour. Results were amazing, you can see students’ creativity in their drawings. Later we played games and then we took a 15 min break before starting our grand finale. During the break all the students made ‘thank you’ cards and flower bunches for my mother & me from our garden. One student took the lead and hosted the program. Four students got up and sang welcome song for me. Then they all sang prayers-songs which my mom had taught them and told stories. They even asked me to address the gathering, just amazing. All those students were between 5-13yrs of age but I was surprised to see their responsible-mature behaviour & team efforts, the way they conducted the grand finale, indeed, they made their teacher (My Mom) very proud. Kudos to my Mom who is teaching them so well. Even though the event was announced at the last minute & unplanned, we all enjoyed it a lot and had fun spending time with each other. After 6,o clock we wrapped up our six hours long fun filled activity and said goodbye to each other.

After the event, I felt very happy that I could keep my  promise – of having a special class for all the class students during my visit. It gave me immense satisfaction  and the smiles on the faces of the children surely motivated and inspired me to plan more such activities in the future. I understood and experienced the quote written by Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.”  So true.

 

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A Visit to an Old age home

On Saturday, 28th March 2015 we have planned an annual Sanskar Varg donation trip to Om Ashram, Old age Care. Omashram provides residential care with full boarding & lodging facility to the old with medical care-nursing care to the old belonging mostly to poor & middle class individuals (above 60 years of age) of all denominations.

In SanskarVarg, last session all the students participated in the discussions regarding Grandparents, they enthusiastically shared their views-concerns-opinions about their grandparents. Based on the discussions I have decided to take all the students to the old age home to educate students about the importance of taking care of the elderly people, respecting them and making them feel valued and secured. Some students were surprised at the mention of the old age homes, some were shocked to know that grandparents couldn’t live with their children, some got curious to know more about the trip to the old age care. With mixed emotions we started planning our trip.

Even though all the students showed great interest to go to the old age home but unfortunately half of the class students couldn’t come for the trip for different reasons and few dropped at the very last minute. So at the end we were only ten who actually visited the old age home.

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Finally the day had arrived, 28th March, we all reached the organization by 3pm. All the kids and parents got different grocery items, bedsheets, blankets etc for the organization as per the list given by the Om Ashram. Smt. Meenakshiji gave us a warm welcome. She made us feel comfortable and at ease. Later we took a tour of the ashram and met each and every grandma and grandpa.

First thing we noticed was, all the grandparents were dressed up in beautiful-colorful clothes (especially grandmas those who could wear sarees) for the event. As we started interacting to them the initial enthusiasm turned into a totally different feeling. Some of them were physically ok but mentally ill, some were bedridden, some decided to stay away from their family & some were abandoned from their family. Although it was very hard to believe that the people you love-care for could abandon you one day. We all talked to them then the class kids sang bhajans, shlokas for them and the best part was in return, they too sang melodious bhajans and shlokas for us…especially a 98 years old Granny, who sang amazingly, in fact after talking to her – seeing her, we all understood age is just a number – salute to her enthusiasm & liveliness. There was another granny who had a severe throat problem and underwent a surgery sometime back but was very passionate about singing and she too sang couple of songs beautifully- she has a good knowledge of different Sanskrit stotras and their meanings too – kudos to her knowledge & of course never give-up attitude. We met a grandma who was very highly educated-math researcher and ex-principal of a school but now she was completely bedridden, it surely gave us a totally different perspective of life – Life is unpredictable – so live in the present moment.

During the tour we met number of grandpas too, some of them were freedom fighters, workers etc.. We met a grandpa who was very social and he talked with us, shared his memories and he too sang couple of prayers for us. Another grandpa was very enthusiastic, he was 87 years old and a freedom fighter and we together took few pictures with him. Each and every grandma-grandpa had a special story to tell and even though we couldn’t talk to some of them because of the language barrier but we could see-feel & understand them – sometimes actions-emotions speak louder than words and whenever needed Meenakshiji came to our rescue. The tour surely was an eye opener in many ways.

Later, the cofounder and managing trustee smt. Geetha Shankar lightened the atmosphere with her wonderful –interactive talk. Her speech was simple yet inspiring. Geethaji summarized in simple words by emphasizing on giving time-care and love to the elderly people, she said, “They (elders) don’t know what you have donated, how much you have donated, why you are here but what they know and will remember is that, you came here spent two hours with them, talked to them and showed care and respect for them and that’s what they all want.” She surely encouraged us to visit them again.

Overall we had a great-memorable experience at OmAshram. This visit helped us in many ways and through this trip we could educate our kids on some important values and life skills regarding taking care, respecting and valuing elders and other human beings.

Thank you Om Ashram for giving us this opportunity.

A visit to OmAshram-Old age care

A beautiful and the most appropriate message for this post. Credit – from Internet (magic107)

 

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Sanskarvarg – Annual day celebration -2015

SanskarVarg’s Annual day  was celebrated on 28th Feb-2015, it’s a small get-together to  provide class students an opportunity- a platform to showcase their talent and what they have learned in the class. There were different competitions like Rangoli, Chanting & Speech. Junior class students  performed on the value “Respect” and  the senior class students did a 15 min play on the value ‘Responsibility’, each and every student did an excellent job. Thank you very much my little starts, you all rocked the show.

The students from my Basic English R/W class for the domestic helpers also actively participated in the event. They all shared their experiences about the class in English. Few even conducted the program confidently in English. Although we missed few students who couldn’t attend.

All  the parents, grandparents  & friends attended the celebration and children enthusiastically participated and enjoyed every bit of it. Although we missed few students who couldn’t attend the celebration. Special thanks to all the respected judges for their valuable time & efforts and to all the parents for their co-operation and support.

Winners of the chanting competition (Junior batch)
1st winner: Shreya
2nd winner: Ammu
Winners of the Rangoli competition (Junior batch)
1st winner: Ananya
2nd winner: Shreya
Winner of the Chanting competition (Senior batch)
1st winner: Aryan
2nd winner: Khushi
Winner of the Rangoli competition (Senior batch)
1st winner: Aryan
2nd winner: Presha
Winners for the Speech competition (Senior batch)
(Healthy food is better than the junk food)
1st winner: Aryan
2nd winner: Aditi

Here are some snapshots from the event, Please Enjoy!!!

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Parent’s role in their children’s homework

I know homework continues to be a controversial topic 🙂 no doubt about it. Some of us will be in favour of the Homework and some will completely oppose the homework. In fact there are number of theories and researches available on this topic either supporting or opposing the Homework policy and we all are pretty much aware of it…

Before moving further, let me clarify that I do support homework policy but in moderation, taking into account the students age, level of understanding and making sure they get ample time to finish the assigned task. At the same time, as a teacher, I too expect (yes expect) my students to finish their task in the given time if all the above constraints are fulfilled. Although I am not discussing here whether homework is good or bad instead I would like to understand & focus on how Parent’s attitude towards kid’s homework (up to 12yrs) affect them.

 Over the years I have seen and experienced the same situation, where many of my class students couldn’t finish their homework in spite of giving them age appropriate homework and enough time. It’s not just about completing the given task but about understanding the importance of education, hard work & responsibility at an early age. I don’t think whether a child having a homework or not is really an issue, the issue is more about what each family (parents) feels is important for their child’s development. I am neither an expert nor a researcher on this topic but I surely have enough experience as a teacher for kids 5-13yrs, as a stay-at-home mom & as a former full time working mom of two, to discuss this.

Let me begin by writing “Homework is a unique task given in the school/class but completed at home.” In short, homework expects school’s-child’s and parent’s involvement in completing the assigned task. It also expects that teachers and parents should join hands and work together to shape up child’s future. In the process, gradually make a child independent & responsible to complete his/her own task with the parental monitoring but not with complete involvement and interference.

My years of experience and observation suggest that if we, parents, take a more positive and supportive approach while dealing with kid’s homework or teaching them importance of education, then this encouragement could go a long way. To be honest, based on my personal experience, at times I find this approach very difficult & challenging but I have understood one thing over the years that persistence is the key to master this. Once in a while not following this approach is completely understandable considering we give detailed explanation to our kids and not make it a habit.

On the contrary, if we, parents, fail to do so then the children will surely lack this important study skill because we are the prime educators in our children’s lives and we continue to be the major influence on their learning. Hence I have decided to understand the day to day scenarios we, parents, go through which could adversely affect our children’s (up to 12yrs) attitude towards homework, classes or education in general. Taking into consideration the modern lifestyle, parenting skills and standards of living, I have consolidated this list —

  • Both mom and Dad are working & after a long stressful day they don’t want to spend time on the homework rather they want to give their kids a ‘Quality Time’.
  • One of the parents is at home but so occupied in different things that he/she has less or no time to look at the kid’s homework or tasks.
  • Most of the times, even if parents are physically at home or with children but their mind is pre-occupied with different things and are continuously on the phone (WA/FB etc) which restrict them to be with their children wholeheartedly.
  • Based on the parents interest and beliefs different priorities are given to different tasks and in the process some tasks get neglected.
  • Parents are willing to provide all the stuff needed to complete the task but parents either don’t have time or are not interested to sit down and help their children personally.
  • Most of the times personal commitments are so important that the homework takes a back seat.
  • Sometimes children are very playful or not interested in the task given to them and parents give in to their children’s wishes. Parents find these tasks as a tension-torture rather than a constructive activity and are not ready to encourage their children if they are not interested.
  • Sometimes we, parents, follow the ‘Convenient Parenting’ approach in which based on parent’s interest, mood, priorities, comfort, personal/professional commitments etc decides if a child could complete the task or not. As we all know, young children are very much under the direct influence (control) of their parents.

We, parents, want the best for our children and we try hard for that, at the same time we all know that our children don’t come in this world with “a personalized parenting guide “or “a personalized Instruction set on how to raise a child” hence everything we do for our children in their initial-formative years is kind of a trial-error method, based on the information acquired through books, websites or someone else’s experiences or advices. At the same time our beliefs, our upbringing, feelings, desires and thoughts play an important role while raising our children.

We, parents, should spend enough time with children and guide them properly in the initial years & make them understand the value of education and working hard rather than just getting the good grades or finishing the task. If we parents show interest and enthusiasm in our children’s work then they too think that their work is important and they should take it seriously. The children need more help and guidance in the initial years and we can provide that by making ourselves available whenever they need us. We parents should make our children understand that we are available for them to help if they get stuck or guide them but not to do their work/task completely on their behalf. Always praise children for their efforts-hard work this will give them the sense of achievement and they will start believing in themselves.

We all know that our children observe what we do, what we say and if we, parents, follow the good study skills, discipline, time management then our children will learn from our examples because it is easy to inculcate good habits at an early age. This will surely help our children to become independent, responsible and self-motivated performer.

 

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Republic Day Celebrations!!!

Republic day- it always brings back my beautiful childhood memories, especially school celebrations – how we used to sing patriotic songs and dress up as Freedom fighters and how we used to eagerly wait for the sweet distribution but the highlight of the day would always be – watching the Republic day parade and a patriotic movie with my entire family on the Television, I still remember, when we got our first TV during my school days, we watched ‘Gandhi’ movie on the Republic day.  Later in the day, we used to spend hours discussing the Republic day parade, which was a must…. and since then this was our family tradition and so far, we are continuing it ….

We all know Republic day is celebrated every year on 26th January to honour the day when the constitution of India came into effect. As such India got independence on 15th August 1947 but till 1949 we followed the laws implemented by British. It was only on 26th November 1949 the constitution was ready. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution. You will be surprised to know that the Indian Constitution is the longest written constitution in the world. The Indian Constitution came into effect on 26th Jan 1950, hence to celebrate the real freedom and to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country we celebrate Republic day. Every year, since 1950, India has been inviting guests of high dignitaries of another country as the state guest of honour and this year -2015, US –President Resp. Barack Obama was the guest of honour. This Republic day was a special one as many things happened for the first time in the Indian history.

Every year, the main and the grand Republic day is celebrated in New Delhi, capital of India. The event takes place at Rajpath. The Republic day begins with the Prime Minister of India laying a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate, remembering all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our nation & soon, a 21 gun salute is presented. Then the President of India unfurls the National Flag and the National Anthem is played. Prestigious and important awards like Ashok chakra- awarded for the exceptional courage in the field and self-sacrifice, bravery awards – for the courageous actions, are given to armed forces people and civilians by the President of India and then the Armed Forces start their march past. This marks the beginning of the Republic day parade. They are followed by the tableaux from the different states, which displays India’s rich- diverse-colourful culture of the respective state. A colourful fly –past by Indian Air force jets concludes the Republic day parade.

The Republic day celebrations concludes with the Beating Retreat ceremony on the evening of January 29th, third day after the Republic Day. This fascinating ceremony is performed by the bands of the Military, Indian-Army, Indian-Navy and Indian-Air Force. It is celebrated in front of the President of India as the Chief Guest, near Rashtrapathi Bhavan (President’s Palace) in New Delhi.

The Republic Day is celebrated not only in Delhi but also in every state, city, school and community with enthusiasm and by coordinating different activities. After the Republic day celebration all the public schools, offices remain closed. This is the time when everyone comes together for the betterment of the community, city and the country.

Yesterday, I attended the Community Republic Day celebrations, it was an outdoor celebration and the program was very well organized. Many kids, adults and elderly people enthusiastically participated in the celebration. There were number of different activities from drawing to sports competitions etc. The highlight of the celebration was a skit directed by the community members and performed by the community kids, on “Say NO to Plastic” very important message delivered in a very creative and friendly way. Indeed, if we all work together towards one goal we can surely achieve it much faster and can make a positive difference.

Jai Hind!!!

 

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