'Festivals are happy times, and you don't really want to enjoy them on your own.'- Christine and the Queens

Dear Parent,

The festival of lights, Diwali, is one of the most popular and important festivals of India and is celebrated with great enjoyment and excitement all over the country. It is the grandest of all festivals and is thought to ward off evil forces. It is said to ring in peace and harmony in the lives of the people. The essence of the festival is to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Light is the metaphor for knowledge and consciousness.

The main aspect of this festival is that it is celebrated with one’s family and dear ones. On a more personal level, Diwali is the time, to turn inward and light the lamps of knowledge and truth in our hearts and mind and allow our innate goodness to shine forth. Keeping this thought in mind, the festivity of Diwali began with the activity 'BOX YOUR WEAKNESS'.

The students have written one habit they wish to be rid of, on a piece of paper and dropped the same in a box, promising to be a better person henceforth. We intend to follow it up regularly so that it is reinforced to children

Instead of bursting crackers, light up your house and surroundings with beautiful diyas. Encourage your child to celebrate a cracker free Diwali so that our beautiful planet can be free from air and noise pollution.

In order to celebrate the spirit of festivity, various activities have been scheduled for the students of Classes II- V.

Please be equal partners, lend a hand and join the crusade to save the city. Encourage your child and set an example by carrying out the following activities:

  • Avoid buying crackers for your children.
  • Use organic colours to make rangoli.
  • Believe in sharing. So while cleaning the house do not discard old clothes and toys; rather give them to the needy.
  • If your child gets many gifts, encourage him/her to donate in orphanages.

A few suggested activities you can do with your child at home:

  • Each member of the family can plant a tree on this auspicious day.
  • Involve your child in cleaning the house.
  • Decorate the house with handicrafts made by the child, instead of buying them from the market.
  • Involve your child in decorating diyas, candles, designing rangoli, toran making, and ‘Thank You/ Diwali’ cards for elders.
  • Make traditional sweets at home instead of buying adulterated sweets from the market.
  • Ensure that your child spends time with her/his grandparents and relatives.
  • Narrate the story of Ramayana to make him/her familiar with our mythology.
  • Instead of exchanging gifts, teach your child to value and nurture relationships.

Looking forward to your co-operation.