17 October, 2006

Harmony, Peace, Tolerance, Happiness - All Go Hand in Hand

Yesterday, when Appu got back from school, I could see that her brain was in overdrive. Her mind was absolutely and completely buzzing with something. And the excitement was quite palpable.

I had to restrain myself, quite impatiently if I may add, to wait until she had finished her afternoon snack before I broached the subject with her. Now it so happens that she too had been just bursting with enthusiasm to tell me about it all, but again, waited till she finished her afternoon snack.

Come Diwali, every year in their school, the Indian children deck up in Indian clothes and outfits – bindis and all the usual accessories – and the children attired in the entire ensemble are a sight to behold. And I’m sure that on that particular day, their school is a total riot of colours.

The general practice in their school is to have a special Diwali Assembly where the Indian children perform dance routines, dandiya etc.

This year, the Japanese, Korean and Chinese children in the school are doing a dance for Diwali as well. And for an Indian dance, what is needed, first and foremost, is an Indian outfit. And the Indian kids at school are just about dying to lend them Indian apparels to add to the colourful gaiety and joviality.

Is it not a super-duper idea ?

What I found immensely gratifying and heartwarming is the attitude of the children.

This totally exemplifies the spirit of festivity – the zeal, the ardor, the passion, the underlying sentiment, the unspoken emotion that symbolizes and personifies just about each and every festival around this great big globe that we live in.

I’m sure that their school is going to resemble a huge colorful, multihued, exultant panorama.

Their school also makes it a point to mark out festivals of each and every faith on the childrens’ diary so that awareness among the children spreads. This also helps the kids get to know other religions better. The various festivals of each and every faith, the customs, rituals, the underlying history – all this is becoming part and parcel of their lives. It sure will go a long way in helping them mature into level headed individuals with a healthy respect and reverence for the many different cultures and religions all around the globe.

Children, as such, know no religious boundaries. Boundaries, if anything, to them, are geographical lines. Measured in terms of latitudes and longitudes.

Is it not the adults who complicate life for them by dragging religious and ethnic issues into the fore, by filling their heads with sentiments against other religions that the so called “adults” believe are sacrilegious to their own.

Corrupting young, gullible minds thus – is it really worth it all ?? To what end ??

As all these thoughts roam free within my mind, only one song plays and permeates my conscious mind time and again – with crystal clear clarity.

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

3 voice(s) said so:

shruti said...

hi gauri,
first time to ur blog...
its nice you have mentioned such a beautiful thing..
peace, harmony are the only essentials of bettr world...and our children is the great example of this...

a very happy diwali...

@ said...

I like this concept - kids of all faith celebrating Diwali and all other festivals. Everyone here in the US celebrates Christmas - well almost everyone...but why not do the same for Diwali and Id etc? After all, there is a decent sized desi crowd....
Wish the US schools would learn a thing or two from the HK ones...

Jayashree said...

What a nice idea....for children from different cultural backgrounds to get to know each others' traditions. Kudos to your daughter's school for thinking this up.