“A national festival is an occasion to refine and rebuild the national character.” – Narendra Modi.
India is a land of festivals. It encompasses people from different religions and cultures and thus celebrates a varied expanse of traditions. Festivals in India are awaited all year long and are celebrated with great pomp and show. The entire atmosphere is filled with joy and enthusiasm during the festive season.
Our students are also very hyped and excited especially when it comes to festival celebrations. To be able to make children understand a festival and truly enjoy it, they need to be aware of their traditions and cultural roots. So, to make the students know more about our country India, the little SAIoneers of Class I were introduced to the topic of “Festivals” during their virtual classes. A drawing activity on festivals was conducted to encourage children to be flexible and active. Creating art always acts as a boost for growing a child’s creative abilities as it helps them analyse and solve problems in creative ways through art and drawing. It’s the process, not the product which improves their fine motor skills.
Letting our children know about their customs, traditions, and rituals allow them to enjoy the true spirit of celebration. This will give them a true glimpse of Indian culture. If children grow up seeing it as part of their upbringing, it will seep into their routine and remain everlasting. Telling them about the stories behind a particular festival also instils an interest in their minds. For instance, tell them why we celebrate Diwali, this will help them learn about Indian mythology as well.
Celebrating festivals is that quintessential ethos which brings us closer to our roots. Our roots are what keeps us grounded to our culture. And it is imperative for the Gen-Z to feel the oneness with their own culture to ensure the country has a healthy society led by well-rounded individuals.