Diwali is one of the most important festivals of India. It is also known as the festival of lights. Diwali is all about fireworks, shopping, gorging on sweets, remembering our customs and traditions, decorating the house and praying to Goddess Lakshmi. Keeping this in mind, IES and Jack & Jill branch of Bhavans at Mangaf decided to reconnect with the Indian roots and revive the Indian heritage in this foreign land Kuwait by celebrating Diwali on November 7th and 12th,2018 in the school auditorium. The week leading to the assembly was filled with activities. The teachers put up the ‘Shubh Diwali’ bulletin board, decorated with cutouts of diyas, shimmering gift boxes, rangoli patterns and so on. Activities for the children to get them into the spirit of Diwali included diya clay modelling and colouring . A fortnight-long preparation for the Diwali assembly was underway, with the children eagerly waiting to enact the well-trained show. The assembly took off and was executed as planned. The children were enthralled by the story of Diwali followed by the peppy music number ‘Happy Diwali’ which set the tiny feet tapping and hips shaking . The vote of thanks with the powerful message by the Principal Jack & Jill and Vice principal IES (KG& Primary) was followed by the melodious rendering of the Indian National Anthem. Flashes from mobile cameras and a quick photo session brought the curtains to a close. Back in the classrooms, the children partied the rest of the morning, dancing and indulging in their palates. They left for the day, promising to be back with a new beginning.

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