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Pre-primary Sankranti Festival Celebration

The pre-primary children at The Brigade Schools celebrated Makar Sankranti virtually. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by different names and customs in different parts of India. The festival is known as Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Makara Sankranti in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Pongal by Tamilians. The day is supposed to mark the winter solstice.

A virtual session was conducted to celebrate the festival and to enable the children to understand the importance of how and why the festival is celebrated. This helped them appreciate the traditions associated with it. The harvest festival was introduced to children through a story which highlighted the significance of the festival.

Be it the reason behind using jaggery in the sweets or the importance of flying kites, when the children realise the significance, they enjoy the festival and its traditions. With the help of a colourful backdrop, picture cards and real materials like mango leaves toran, yellu bella (sesame and jaggery), sakkarae acchu (sugar dolls), kabbu (sugar cane) and clay pots the festival came to life! It helped the children understand the importance of the harvest festival and helped to inculcate moral values like politeness, sharing, respect towards elders, and respect for nature.

An Art activity was done to reinforce the concept and this also helps in developing fine motor skills.

The Nursery children did finger a painting activity of the sun and the sugarcane.

The LKG children enjoyed drawing the kite and the sun. The activity also reinforced the concept of Sankranti where people worship the sun god and fly kites during this festival.

The UKG children were taught to draw a Sankranti pot and sugarcane by using the patterns they have learnt in the class. The children enjoyed using various colours to colour their pot and sugarcane.