For school kids, I-Day celebrations have already begun

August 14th, 2008 - 4:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Going by their celebrations, who could have said that Independence Day was still one day away! School students Thursday saw the tri-colour being unfurled, heard stories of freedom fighters and filled up with the patriotic spirit. Though the event actually falls on Aug 15, it is a national holiday and therefore was celebrated in most schools a day earlier. Classes were suspended and special assemblies were held instead to mark the occasion.

Soumya Das, a student of Class 10 of Navovidyalaya in south Delhi, said they had the customary flag hoisting ceremony in the school’s playground after which they sang the national anthem. It then gave way to a special two-hour assembly.

“We have much more fun on the day before Independence Day than on that day itself. Nothing can beat that feeling when you see the national flag being unfurled and fluttering in the breeze,” Das said.

“I was bored with all the speeches, which were more or less all the same. Thankfully it was cut short because of the rain and we started with our cultural programme inside the auditorium!”

Even playschools for tiny tots were a riot of colour, with some putting up streamers, balloons and saffron-white-green kites to lend a special feel. Many of the children, some as young as 18 months, came back home holding little flags.

For full-fledged schools, of course, the cultural programmes were the most looked forward to event.

“We presented a short skit on Gandhi for the cultural programme. The script, which was inspired by the film ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, showed how a young boy took up every challenge in his life with his Gandhian approach,” said Raghav Chaliha, a student of Class 9 at a Kendriya Vidyalaya in central Delhi.

“It was hilarious and yet had a subtle message for everyone, especially amid such tense situations as in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.

Even teachers had a field day, helping students put up dances, dramas and other cultural programmes.

Karuna Misra, who teaches in a New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) school in south Delhi, said they had a two-hour programme in the school and she thoroughly enjoyed it, especially because of the enthusiasm shown by the children.

“We didn’t have a cultural programme, just the flag hoisting and a few speeches. But the students put in all their ideas and creativity to make the entire event colourful and memorable,” Misra told IANS.

Except a handful of schools which have decided to have a short flag hoisting ceremony Friday, most others had their share of I-Day celebrations a day before.

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