Utsava Bharati (Events at School)

Festivals of Bharat is a beautiful symphony of her spiritual, cultural and national aspirations.

Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate our glorious heritage, culture and traditions. Samvit Research foundation would like to honor these long-lived traditions for its apparent benefits.

All festivals are cultural in one way or another. There are many types of cultural festivals such as National, Religious and Seasonal. They all serve the purpose of bringing happiness to our lives, and strengthen our sense of community.

Under Samvit Utsava Bharati, these Indian festivals will be conducted in an organized and uniform format in all schools. Children will be familiarized with the local traditions and legends related with the festival by participating in the traditional and fascinating activities related to it.

Celebrating festivals is a great way of teaching children about Indian culture. Knowing more about why a festival is celebrated, what its significance is, and why we started celebrating it in the first place, can help children understand the importance and significance of each festival, and it can also be a great way to impart values to the children.

Involving our children in the decoration process, like rangoli decoration, or making the special festive food is a very effective way of bonding them with our culture. By celebrating festivals together we can instill the right values in children. Festivals are the result of our Time-honoured traditional believes and this will help our Children to learn more about their ancestor’s culture, values and traditions. By this, they will also feel connected to their roots.

Another advantage of celebrating festivals with children is that it makes them realise the importance of team work which is very significant for any successful endeavor. It also creates memories for them to cherish forever.
In order to provide a comprehensive reference tool for the schools, the way in which the most important festivals are observed at the schools are given in this website. Schools can adopt this.

Introduction

Festivals of Bharat is a beautiful symphony of her spiritual, cultural and national aspirations.

The socio-cultural life of Bharateeyas reflect the rich variety of the life of Hindus as that of their festivals. As many clans and climates, tastes and traits, so many are the variety of festivals, criss-crossed over the entire stretch of Bhaaratavarsha. And yet, underlying their bewildering variety is a deep and perennial current of her sublime culture. The subtle yet all-pervasive concept of Dharma has permeated every one of these cultural-cum-spiritual cum-social manifestations and welded them into harmonious whole. From Kutch to Kamaroop and from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, this grand enfoldment of Bhaarat’s genius is resplendent and growing in variety and richness amidst all her vicissitudes. It is indeed a living witness to the dynamic spirit of her life-mission on the march.

Each festival is unique in its appeal to some vital aspect of the evolution of human soul and human society. On each occasion some of the relevant divine qualities are highlighted and they are clothed in such enchanting allegories and symbols that even the commonest and the lowliest in society find spontaneous joy and enlightenment in them, The message of the Festivals of Bharat is a beautiful symphony of her spiritual, cultural and national urges. The message is as much appealing to the highest impulses of the individual for his self-realisation, as for the all-round fulfillment of social purposes. The socio-cultural life of a body of people is shaped by its basic philosophy of life. To understand and appreciate the spirit behind the observance of these festivals and sacred days, one should look through the concept of the four puruşārthas (ends of human life) namely, dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth), kāma (fleshly desires) and moksa (liberation from the trans migratory existence). The Hindu festivals and sacred days, with their twin aspects of vratas and utsavas, are designed exactly for this purpose of achieving the metamorphosis of the human being from the mundane to the supramundane levels.

In order to provide a comprehensive reference tool for the schools, the way in which the most important festivals are observed at the schools are given in this website. Schools can adopt this.

Guru Poornima

VIKRAMA SHEKHE, PLAVA NAMA SAMVATSARA, ASHADA SHUKLA POORNIMA. JULY 24, 2021

Purpose

  • Provide information on Guru Purnima
  • To facilitate students feel/ experience the moments they pay respect to their teachers and parents
  • To facilitate students share their experience
  • To facilitate the students appreciate and celebrate with good spirit

Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge about Guru Purnima
  • Develop knowledge about our culture
  • Involvement
  • Exposure

Who is a Guru ?

The word “Guru” is referred in three different sense:

  • Parent- the instiller of sanskaras (moral and cultural values).
  • Teacher- who teaches worldly knowledge.
  • spiritual Master- who gives us spiritual enlightenment.

Brief Information On Guru Purnima :

Guru Purnima in India has always been an auspicious occasion concerning the unique relationship between teachers and their students. Guru Purnima is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Ashaada, on the full moon day that is Purnima. This year, Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 24th. It is also known as Vyasa Purnima after Veda Vyasa, who wrote the epic Mahabharata. Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanuja Acharya and Sri Madhvacharya are some of the noteworthy Gurus in Hinduism. Guru Purnima is also celebrated by Buddhists in honor of Gautama Buddha to commemorate the day Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India. Most of the religions and cultures have spiritual and academic gurus who were considered as equivalent to god or even more than him. As per Sanatan Dharma, on Guru Purnima, Lord Shiva, the Adi Guru or the original teacher, started the transmission of yoga to Saptarishis.

Major events at school include paying tribute to the gurus and thanking them for sharing their knowledge and wisdom with us.

Type of celebration: Class-wise:
Activities recommended:

CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 1 and 2 Saraswati/ Ganesha Pooja Arrange the following in the class room: a Photo of the God, Ganesha or Saraswati, lamps, flowers to offer. Teacher with Class Leader can light the lamp and offer the flowers.
Guru Vandana Choose the shlokas to be recited and circulate the script to the students.

OR

Teacher can recite first and students can repeat the lines.

Click here to read GURU STOTRAM
Guru Paada Sparsha by the students Children in groups will come and stand and take blessings from the teacher(s). Children will take blessings from the teacher by bending down in front of the teacher, touching their feet and doing pranams..
Narration of a story by the teacher A list of stories with a web link is given below for teachers to choose from

http://www.bhagavatam-katha.com/krishna-story-remember-your-guru-before-any-action/

Not more than 3mins
Coloring by the students Coloring by the students Click here to view sample images for colouring

Time: 30 mins. to 45 mins.

CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 3 and 4 Saraswati/ Ganesha Pooja Arrange the following in the class room: a photo, lamps, flowers to offer Teacher with Class Leader can light the lamp and offer the flowers.
Guru Vandana Choose the shlokas to be recited and circulate the script to the students.

OR

Teacher can recite first and students can repeat the lines.

Click here to read GURU STOTRAM
Guru Paada Sparsha by the students Children in groups will come and stand and take blessings from the teacher(s). Children will take blessings from the teacher by bending down in front of the teacher, touching their feet and doing pranams..
Narration of a story by the teacher OR Story telling competition for students on Guru-Shisya theme A list of stories with a web link

https://www.slideshare.net/lovely1975/stories-ongurudisciple-9385830

Announce this well before for students to prepare themselves and participate. Keep the time not more than 2 mins per student so that more number of students can participate.

Not more than 3mins
Motivate and Encourage them by rewarding the students participated.
Drawing & coloring by the students Theme: Guru-shishya

Activities can be chosen based on the time allotted by the school.

CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 5 and 6 Saraswati/ Ganesha Pooja Arrange the following in the class room: a Photo, lamps, flowers to offer. Teacher with Class Leader can light the lamp and offer the flowers.
Guru Vandana Choose the shlokas to be recited and circulate the script to the students.

OR

Teacher can recite first and students can repeat the lines.

Click here to read GURU STOTRAM
Guru Paada Sparsha by the students Children in groups will come and stand and take blessings from the teacher(s). Children will take blessings from the teacher by bending down in front of the teacher, touching their feet and doing pranams..
Story telling competition for students on Guru-Shishya theme. Announce this well before for students to prepare themselves and participate. Keep the time not more than 2 mins per student so that more number of students can participate. Motivate and Encourage them by rewarding the students participated.
Drawing & coloring by the students Theme: Guru-shishya
Delivery of messages. (oral) Teacher can record the message delivery of all students. prepare a video and upload on yu-tube
Delivery of messages. (written) keep a A1 size sheet and color pens, ask students to write their messages. Teacher: take picture of the activity in the class and post on Facebook

Activities can be chosen based on the time allotted by the school.

CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 7 and 8 Guru Pooja As mentioned in class 1 & 2 Teacher with Class Leader can light the lamp and offer the flowers.
Guru Vandana As mentioned in class 1 & 2 Click here to read GURU STOTRAM
Guru Paada Sparsha by the students Children in groups will come and stand and take blessings from the teacher(s). Children will take blessings from the teacher by bending down in front of the teacher, touching their feet and doing pranams..
Writing competition on Guru Purnima. Announce this well before for students to prepare themselves and participate. Keep the time not more than 5-10 mins. Encourage all the students to participate. Topics suggested are :

  • A memorable incident with my teacher.
  • A Lesson learnt: A memorable incident with my teacher or parent or friend or neighbor or a stranger.
Talk: Thanks giving to teachers by the students. Share any memorable incidence related to teacher-student interaction.

Delivery of messages. (oral/ written)

Prepare a video and upload on yu-tube with the help of students.
Drawing competition Theme: Guru-shishya
Delivery of messages. (oral) Encourage all the students to tell a message. Record the message delivery. Prepare a video and upload on yu-tube with the help of students.
Delivery of messages. (written) keep a A1 size sheet and color pens, ask students to write their messages. Teacher: take picture of the activity in the class and post on Facebook

Activities can be chosen based on the time allotted by the school.

CLASS ACTIVITY PREPARATION DETAILS
Class 9 to 10 Guru Pooja As mentioned in class 1 & 2
Guru Vandana As mentioned in class 1 & 2 Click here to read GURU STOTRAM
Guru Paada Sparsha by the students Children in groups will come and stand and take blessings from the teacher(s). Children will take blessings from the teacher by bending down in front of the teacher, touching their feet and doing pranams..
Writing competition on Guru Purnima. Announce this well before for students to prepare themselves and participate. Keep the time not more than 5-10 mins. Encourage all the students to participate. Topics suggested are :

  • A memorable incident with my teacher.
  • A Lesson learnt: A memorable incident with my teacher or parent or friend or neighbor or a stranger.
Talk by some senior persons Invite the Speakers to deliver an informative session. List of Speakers and their brief profile with contact numbers are given in the Appendix (see page no.8).
Talk: Thanks giving to teachers by the students. Share any memorable incidence related to teacher-student interaction.

Delivery of messages. (oral/ written)

prepare a video and upload on yu-tube with the help of students.
Delivery of messages. (oral) Teacher can record the message delivery of all students. prepare a video and upload on you-tube
Delivery of messages. (written) keep a A1 size sheet and color pens, ask students to write their messages. Teacher: take picture of the activity in the class and post on Facebook
Worksheet on the significance of this festival Prepare the worksheet for distribution and get this filled and evaluate and reward the best performer. Click here to view WORKSHEET ON GURU PURNIMA

Activities can be chosen based on the time allotted by the school.

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