Janmashtami is an annual celebration of the birth of the 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu – Krishna. The festival is celebrated every year in the months of August or September. It is widely celebrated among the Hindus who are the devotees of Shri Krishna who is known by many names – Madhav, Govind, Kanha, Makhanchor and many more.
We also celebrated it in our school on 14th August 2014. Our teacher gave a speech on Kanha and Janmashtami. An interhouse dance competition was also held. The students danced cheerfully on joyful Janmashtami songs which reminded all of us of the playfulness and joyfulness of Natkhat Gopal.
The 14th August was a bright and sunny day being rather windy. It was the only working day in school before Independence Day and Janamashtami. We had a special assembly and were given badge like stickers to put on our uniforms which made us feel very special.
The assembly began with Bindu Ma’am, a teacher of our school, addressing the students on the dual celebration. Her speech was straight from the heart and we all enjoyed it.
Helium balloons of various colours were released into the air by some of our senior students which made the function even more auspicious and one of a kind. To celebrate the two events, the school had organized a gamut of programmes including an Inter house Indian Dance Competition.
Being a participant, waiting in the auditorium for my turn I could feel the nervousness of the participants and the palpable excitement of the others. My house i.e. V.K. house was the last to perform. We all just decided to go out there and do our best. Although seeing the others perform I did wonder whether we were capable of giving the other three houses a run for their money.
When we began our dance the cheering crowd removed most of my doubts. Everything seemed to work for us even the windy weather helped as it made our long skirts even more full and fun…
V.K. house got the first position followed by R.K. house, the third position went to Teresa house and Tagore took the last spot. Our hard work paid off!!
We sat back and enjoyed the melodious songs sung by various groups of students.The assembly got over by the third period but we were all still in the mood to celebrate. Last but not the least were given chocolates…something that never fails to bring out the child in me!!
ZOYA S. KUMAR