The ever-so-pleasant Diwali fever is catching up. In fact, catching the celebration infection are none else than school children.
The little ones at Charlotte House Pre-Prep & Prep School in Rickmansworth reportedly learned how to wrap a sari as a part of its Diwali Day celebrations.
They also heard the story of Lord Rama and Sita; discovered why Diwali is celebrated; and took part in mendhi or henna hand painting. The children also tried their hands at tracing rangoli patterns, making diwas or earthen lamps and India dishes.
No wonder, Hindus across the world have lauded Charlotte House for dedicating a day as “Diwali Day” and have urged all primary and secondary schools of UK to include Diwali celebration as an annual activity.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said it would be highly productive to include Diwali celebrations in UK schools. Awareness about other religions thus created by organizing festivals like Diwali would make the UK pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of “others” in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become full participants in the society.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that with school celebrations including festivals like Diwali, ethnic minorities would feel as equal and full members of British society, thus bringing cohesion and unity in the community. With change in demographics of United Kingdom, it would be “a step in the right direction”.