October 2016

October was a month which was filled with festivities. The two major festivals of India, Dussera and Deewali were celebrated in this month. Dusshera or Vijayadashmi, as it is popularly known as, is a major Hindu festival, celebrated on the tenth day in the Ashwin month according to the Hindu calendar. The festival generally falls in the month of September or October. The festive spirit begins nine days in advance, as people revel in the spiritual divinity of Navratri, invoking the blessing of Goddess Durga. On the tenth day, Navratri culminates as Dusshera, marking the victory of good over evil and positivity over negativity. Though there are several legendary tales behind the festival and its celebration, all culminate to mark the rise of goodness over evil. The festival of Dusshera has great cultural significance. People, irrespective of their creed, culture or religion, gather to vanquish all evil and wanton things and imbibe the goodness around them, by revering for all the things and objects that contribute to their wellbeing. It is a day of victory – a day when Lord Rama beheaded Ravana, a day when Goddess Durga killed the buffalo-headed demon Mahisasura. The essence or spirit of the festival lies in its message – to get past all obstacles and emerge victorious and successful. Navratri acts as a precursor to the Dusshera celebrations. For nine days, people fast and perform religious rites so as to sanctify themselves and take a step towards purity, piousness and prosperity. On the tenth day, they burn everything evil in them, hatred, maliciousness, greed, anger and violence (symbolically represented by the burning of idols of Ravana, Meghnath and Kumbhakaran) and emerge as better individuals filled with a sense of gratitude, devotion and reverence. The students, every year are told about the reason and the significance of this festival and inspire them to become better individuals. The school remained closed during the last four days of the festival.

This month began with carrying out revisions and giving worksheets to the students to prepare them for the half yearly exams. The exam began from the 15th October – 26th October. After the exams got over, the students started preparing for another major festival amongst hindus, Deewali. They made posters of Lords Ganesh and Lakshmi, the deities that are worshipped in this festival. Students also made posters of diyas and crackers with which they decorated the classrooms.

Diwali is a festival of lights. During this festival each and every corner of the house, shop and work place is lit with diyas or candles. They worship Lord Ganesha for good welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom.This festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartika which falls sometime during October or November. It is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of Exile and his victory over the Demon Ravana. Hindus regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and relationships.

The school will reopen on 3rd of November 2016, after diwali break.

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