Asato ma sat gamaya| (असतो मा सद्गमय ।) Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya| (तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।) Mṛityorma amṛtam gamaya| (मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।) Om shanti shanti shantihi| (ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥) Translation: From untruth lead us to Truth. From darkness lead us to Light. From death lead us to Immortality. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
The celebration of Deepavali,…‘THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS’ came alive at Buddhi School Bangalore on the 27 th of November, when the whole school wore a festive look with Diyas and lanterns adorning the corridors in bright colours. The ‘Rangoli’ done with flower petals and lit diyas added the perfect setting to the festivity, it brought out the essence of the festival.
Deepavali the “festival of lights”, is an ancient festival celebrated every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
A special night was organised by the school to mark the occasion. Students came dressed in their best traditional wear. There was excitement. The Diyas and the paper lanterns made by students were spell binding, The happy and smiling faces of children spread the light of joy in the hearts of the mesmerised parents.
The children of the primary section had decorated candles with legumes of various colours and shapes for the festival of lights celebration at school. They used their imagination and creativity to make beautiful designs and patterns on the candles. Candle decoration activity was part of their life education programme. They tried out various problem solving strategies to stick the legumes which were of different shapes and sizes. They worked together in teams and helped each other to finish the activity on time. The children also used glitter and other items to make the candles look beautiful. The senior primary also designed and made diya holders by using old cardboards and chart papers for the festival of lights celebration.
The children were delighted by the decorated school, lit up diyas (clay lamps and candles) oil lamps inside and outside the school, lights shining on… inside, outside and on windows. Lamps were lit around their school, earlier in the day the senior boys and men had got busy with external lighting arrangements with an array of coloured lights, highlighting the message of Deepavali saying – the light within us must help to dispel the darkness and spread love, warmth and kindness.
Narak Chaturdasi is the second day of festivities, and is also called Choti Diwali. The Hindu literature narrates that the asura (demon) Narakasura was killed on this day by Krishna, Satyabhama and Kali. This day is commonly celebrated as Diwali in Tamil Nadu, Goa and Karnataka. The School was decorated with the colourful, huge paper-made effigies Narakasura, Ravana and other dummy paper figures, made by the seniors to add to the festivities of Diwali.
Immediately after dusk, all members of Buddhi school, Parents, students and staff thronged around in their colourful Indian clothes with enthusiasm to watch Deepavali celebrated by setting alight “Paper Glow lanterns” (50 in all) by students and parents…air borne, they lit up the dark night sky as fairy lamps, as they danced and swayed in the cool gentle night breeze taking along many a wish and drifted away into oblivion…Signifying prosperity and good luck.
The festival of lights was particularly memorable with the unique and original culmination of an evening well spent, by the display of ‘Glow Lanterns’. This was warmly embraced by young and old enjoying the entertaining evening sky of Deepavali, What a colourful spectacular sight to watch!