News Saritha Quadros, Pics Sangeetha
In the hallowed halls of Maryknoll School, memories are crafted, and children bask in an abundance of love, care, and joy. Beyond academics, the institution celebrates national festivals, infusing cultural richness into the student experience. On the 15th of November, 2023, Maryknoll School, located in Hosala Barkur, transformed into a haven of lights and festivities for 'Deepavali cum Children’s Day.'
Under the guidance of the esteemed Headmistress, Mrs. Joyce Vandan DSa, the campus was bedecked with radiant lights and vibrant balloons, setting the stage for a celebration that would linger in the hearts of students for years to come. Mrs. DSa, with heartfelt prayers, expressed her wish for this festival of lights to radiate joy, peace, and prosperity to all students and their families.
Adding to the grandeur of the occasion, Mr. Rama Poojary, President of the Parent–Teachers Association, graced the event as the Special Guest. Alongside the dedicated teaching staff, he kindled the traditional oil lamps, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. Mr. Poojary enlightened the gathering about the significance of the three-day celebrations, delving into the stories of Naraka Chaturdashi, King Bali, Go-pooja, and Ayudha Pooja. In an engaging quiz session, children showcased their knowledge, and the winners were rewarded with special prizes, fostering a spirit of curiosity and learning.
The students, dressed in a riot of colors, presented a diverse array of performances, including songs and dances, amplifying the festive cheer. To sweeten the joyous occasion, the young participants were treated to an array of sweets and snacks, creating an atmosphere of merriment and camaraderie.
In a unique convergence of celebrations, the Deepavali festivities coincided with Children’s Day, observed on November 15th, paying homage to the first Prime Minister of India, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, whose birthday falls on the 14th of November. The little cherubs of Maryknoll were not only immersed in the cultural revelry of Deepavali but also received gifts and prizes in honor of Children’s Day, marking a day of double delight.
As the echoes of laughter and celebration resounded through Maryknoll School, the 'Deepavali cum Children’s Day' left an indelible mark, weaving cherished memories into the fabric of the students' educational journey.