Festivals of India

Mrs. Arundhati Hoskeri | 13th November, 2015 Back to Blog

India, our motherland is rich in its heritage and culture. It accommodates people from different lands, following different religions and speaking different languages. There are about 780 different languages spoken in India! We respect all the religions and celebrate the main festivals with zeal. This series is going to feature every important festival celebrated in India, to enlighten our children about its significance and also about how learning takes place at RBKIA.

RBKIA is a perfect cultural mosaic, where teachers from different countries and cultures come together, mingle with our teachers who are qualified and trained to teach IB curriculum. They come in with fresh ideas, a lot of exchange of teaching practices and strategies takes place among the local and expat community. These are all those teachers who are passionate about educating the younger generation, preparing them for global citizenship. Our dynamic director Mrs Rupal Kanakia is so very passionate about educating the children that she is actually a beacon of light for all of us.

Navratri

Literal meaning of Navratri is nine nights.there are four types of Navaratri celebrated in India. Namely,Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharad Navaratri, and the Paush Navaratri.

Of these, the Sharad Navaratri also called as Maha Navratri is the most important one. This festival comes every year in September – October, during which Hindu deity Goddess Durga, worshipped for nine nights and ten days. Nine different incarnations or forms of Durga or Amba are worshipped during Navratri. Durga is nothing but POWER or SHAKTI, a sublime and creative force that is universal. Our scriptures say, Lord Krishna worshipped Durga before the great battle of Kurukshetra ( between Pandavas and Kauravas) to invoke blessings of the divine for the victory of righteous Pandavas.

Nine manifestations of Shakti are Brahmcharñi, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri in that order. The Navaratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. There are poojas and festivities and evening are devoted for Garba, a traditional dance by wearing colourful attire. Interestingly there is a colour code for the Deity’s attire which people follow

We at RBKIA, celebrate NAVRATRI in a special way. At our Pre-primary section children dress up for the day, teachers talk about significance of the festival, engage them in relevant activities. We have planned a Dandia event for the tiny tots in our auditorium on 20th October 2015. Our senior students of IBDP organise DANDIA in school to raise funds for charity every year. All the students from PYP, MYP and IBDP i.e. from grade 1 to grade 12 participate enthusiastically. All our expatriate teachers and students also come in Indian costume and sway to the vibrating music of Dandia along with all of us is something unique about RBKIA.

This event is completely managed by our students, right from designing, printing the entry ticket, selling, arranging the caterer, decorating the auditorium, arranging for DJ. Teacher support is there for guidance and our students really learn a lot and manage this mega event like thorough professionals. This is a part of their CAS (Community and Service) activity, which is one of the requirements of IB ( International Baccalaureate ) program. This event is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 21st October 2015 and our students and staff are eagerly awaiting! All our expatriate teachers and students enthusiastically participate in this event, dressed up in Indian style is another unique feature of our CAS Dandia!

Whatever funds generated are diverted to NGO’s for charity.