Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. But there is much more to this festival that is a celebration of the Winter Solstice. Makar Sankranti is celebrated as a very important festival in India. Sankranti literally means “movement” and the pre-cursor of everything that is recognized as life is movement.
Global Indian International School, Chinchwad strives to inculcate a sense of respect, pride and curiosity in our children for the diverse festivals that beautifully lace the culture of our country. No other nation boasts of the rich and diverse cultural existence as India and we celebrated Makar Sankranti in the school campus with lot of enthusiasm and joy to sensitize our students about the festival of harvest and movement which form the basis of human existence.
The pre primary segment of the school held a special assembly to mark the occasion of maker sankranti. In the assembly students spoke about the significance of Makar Sankranti and the way different communities celebrate this festival. Til laddoos were distributed while exchanging wishes “Tilgul ghya ani gol gol bola.” Young children relished the sweets and enjoyed the skit and dance presented in the assembly. Students of Nursery made a giant kite painted with their hands. As the kids dipped their hands in color the little squeals echoed the sweetness of the festival. Students of K-I and K-II had fun doing a scrap book activity where they made smiley kites and stuck them n their scrap book as a cherished memory.
With their tiny hands, kids also tried to give flight to their kites and enjoyed the experience tremendously. Pre Primary coordinator Ms Kakuli Pal said, “It is imperative to teach young children about the festivals, stories and ideologies behind celebrating them and appreciating the rich legacy of India. We celebrate all festivals with similar joy and excitement that is reflected in the vibrant ethos of the school.”