Diwali, the festival of lights was celebrated in MRIS-Sector-14, Faridabad with full gusto and enthusiasm. Students were engaged in various workshops, assemblies were held, street play and various dances and songs were staged.Children decorated the corridors with beautiful Rangoli’s.Little Bloomers enjoyed Diwali Fair whereas Toddies had fun at Diwali party with their Grannies. Spiritual significance of this festival was stressed upon in the form of lighting of earthen lamps where everybody seeked blessings from Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi for a bright and prosperous future. The School Principal, Ms. Mamta Wadhwa lit the lamp to begin the assembly on the auspicious occasion. The students of Grade VII talked about the significance of the festival – how good always conquered the evil and also about why and how Diwali is celebrated across India, the Kindergarteners and Grade II students emphasized on ‘Clean and Green Diwali’ by saying No to Crackers. They also talked about the hazards faced by the workers working in cracker factory.
Not only this, Grade V and VI students staged a street play on the theme ‘Boycott Chinese Goods’, and promoted ‘Make in India’ project initiated to grow small scale and cottage industries. The street play was also performed in Sector-14 market to spread the message to the community at large. The students of Grade IV, V and VI learnt to make many best out of waste articles in various workshops, which they could use to decorate their houses on the occasion of Diwali. The celebration did not end here, these articles were also taken by the Junior Prefect Body to the ‘Old Age Home’, to celebrate Diwali with its residents. They sang bhajans, songs and decorated the old age home with handmade paper rangoli, lanterns and diyas. They learnt to be compassionate towards the elders of the house.
The school also invited NGO Prabhat, a home of specially abled people with which the school is associated for few years now, to put up a stall of handmade candles and diyas. Children were excited to contribute to the noble cause which brought out the essence of the festival – ‘Celebration of life and goodness’. The functions concluded with the School Principal giving away the message of a clean, peaceful and a bright Diwali. Besides sensitizing the students to the ill-effects of crackers, she also shared the guidelines on being safe while bursting them. Students were encouraged to go Eco-friendly and to say ‘NO’ to Chinese decorative items and crackers. Everyone went home carrying the message of love, peace and joy of the festival.