A Month of Festivities

A teacher & students preparing the clay Ganesha together

A teacher & students preparing the clay Ganesha together

The final quarter of the year is an exciting time for Indians with the onset of a plethora of religious festivals. Festivals are intrinsically linked with families and friends bonding over rituals and related social activities, sharing meals, gifts and participating in traditional arts and crafts that are a part of such festivals.

The Ganesha being taken for immersion

The Ganesha being taken for immersion

In Kalleda School, the children and teachers have been actively promoting the use of clay idols for several years, in order to minimize pollution in local water bodies. This year too, students and teachers prepared Lord Ganesha idols with clay. The idols were also distributed among the villagers. The Ganesh idol was erected in the central part of the school grounds and after five days of festivities, the clay idol was taken to the local lake to be immersed, with children and villagers joyfully dancing to the beat of the dhols.

A teacher & young girls preparing the Boddemma idol together

A teacher & young girls preparing the Boddemma idol together

Thereafter, the Boddemma festival was celebrated in the school. Bodemma is a festival dedicated to young girls in which they pray to the Goddess Gauri. The teachers and students prepared a clay Boddemma idol, which was then decorated with flowers, turmeric and kumkum. In the evening, there was dance and gaiety as the students were joined by other girls in the village to sing to Goddess Gauri.

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Dancing & singing around the Boddemma idol

In this way, local traditions are preserved and a sense of history and culture are inculcated in the new generation, thus still keeping culture and tradition alive in many parts of the country.

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