Diwali Celebration in the Primary section
-Ms. Anita Nadar

Burn all the negativity like crackles and shine like sparkles!
It’s celebration time in Don Bosco Primary School, Matunga, what with two occasions-Children’s Day and Diwali Celebration happening back to back!
After a gruelling and particularly challenging unique first term that was conducted online, it was time to heave a sigh of relief and celebrate the festive season ahead. And so, the Diwali celebrations for the Primary Section were held online on the Google meet platform on 11th November, 2020.
The students were allowed to attend in coloured clothes. The day began with the teachers presenting a PowerPoint Presentation on the festival of Diwali and explaining its importance in the Indian culture, thus teaching the values of obedience, tolerance, patience and humility. The boys then answered a quiz which the teachers conducted online. The school has time and again sensitised students about the ill-effects of bursting firecrackers and has always encouraged them to celebrate the festival by lighting candles, electric fancy lights, earthen lamps, etc, to keep the environment pure and clean. The students were encouraged to say ‘NO’ to firecrackers. The teachers urged them to adopt safer and eco-friendly measures to celebrate Diwali in a different way this year instead of bursting hazardous firecrackers which release toxic pollutants like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other gases and cause several deadly diseases. This assumes paramount importance, especially during these Covid times as there may be many people who have just recovered from this deadly disease and this polluted air could trigger breathlessness in them.
To lighten the mood further, the boys were then showed a dance video which they danced to within the precincts of their homes. The children were also presented the worksheet which they would have to complete.
Finally, the teacher wished each and every student of her class a happy and safe Diwali; and on this joyous note, the first term of the academic year with successful online teaching was brought to a close for a well-deserved breather.

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