Celebrating Bonalu


Who doesn’t love the colour, fanfare and the huge family occasions that Indian festivals are? A very enthusiastic group of Class 5 students from Rollakal School decided organize the Bonalu festivities for their community. With a sense of discipline that comes from a sense of purpose, the children bought pots from their local potter. Another group adorned the earthen pots with neem leaves, turmeric and vermillion and lit a diya on top of the pot as they carried them home on their heads, offering ‘bonam’ to the Mother Goddess at the temple. Together with their local community, they celebrated the bliss of a rich harvest and danced the traditional dance with great abandon and gaiety. This was followed by the cooking of the traditional Bonalu meal where rice is cooked with milk and jaggery in the earthen pots and then shared with their families.



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