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Parampara - Re-Visit the Culture

We at GBS strongly emphasize on overall development and enrichment of personality of our students. To ensure that each student is able to showcase his strengths and abilities and improve upon his shortcomings, we have designed this program. It helps the student not only to hone skills which are not necessarily academic in nature, but also keep him/ her rooted to his cultural values.

The program has activities under three main categories:

A.“Parampara”…Celebrating culture

Under this category, we would be celebrating the essence of our culture, our rich heritage and values. Different activities will be organized on days of festivals (both local and national) and through student-faculty participation; we would try to establish a stronger links with our roots. The following activities will be conducted over a span of one year

1.Pongal, Makar Sankranthi and international kite festival:

Background: The festival is held on Makar Sakranti and on that day it is believed that the sun moves into the northern hemisphere, thus emits harmful rays. Elders insist to keep away all things, people visit temples and offer alms to the poor. It is believed that the day marks the awakening of gods who were slumbered from last six months and the gateway of heaven is opened. It is a signal for merry-making. In South Sankranti becomes Pongal. It is a celebration of the harvest, which is observed for three days in January. Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal, are the three days of Pongal festivities on successive days. Pongal is a colourful and traditional festival with many a ceremony devoted to various deities.

Celebration: This day will be celebrated on Jan 13th in the institute. Students will bring colourful kites and the most unique kite will be given a token of appreciation. Also, a pongal will be made in the college to mark the occasion. A rangoli competition “Alpana” will be held.

2.Vasant Panchmi:

Background: Vasant Panchami is a festival that worships Goddess Saraswati as well as it signifies the beginning of Vasant Ritu (spring season). It falls usually in the month of January or February which as per the Hindu calendar is the Magh Mahina. On this day Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in various names and fames - the Goddess of Learning, the deity of Gayatri, the fountain of fine arts and science, and the symbol of supreme vedantic knowledge.

Celebration: we at GBS will mark this day by having a “saraswati puja” at the campus in the morning. Students will present Vedic chanting in the praise of Goddess Saraswati. All students and faculty will have to adorn yellow attire on this day to mark the onset of vasant or spring.

3.Holi-The Festival of Color

Background: Holi - the festival of color is marked as the opening festival in Hindu calendar, falls on the full moon day in the month of PHALGUN. People enjoy themselves playing with several colours and celebrate the whole day with much pump and gaiety.

Originally Holi was regarded to be the festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land. There are several legends and stories behind Holi. A popular legend says that Holi is remembered for the sacrifice of Holika who burnt herself in fire on this day. Celebration of Holi festival is characterized by performing Holi puja as per Hindu tradition. Dhuleti, which falls day after Holi Puja, is considered to be the actual festival of colors. Children and youngsters vie with each other use fast and sticky colors to celebrate Holi. It is all fun and joy for them.

Celebration: We would mark the festival of holi by having a face painting competition for students. Small face art can be made by students and they can wear it through the day. This will be organized a day prior to holi and along with the normal curricular activities.

4.Guru purnima:

Background: The full moon day in the month of Ashadh (July) of the Hindu calendar is celebrated as Guru Purnima by all Hindus all over. This day is celebrated as a mark of respect to the “Guru” i.e. a teacher or a preacher. This day is celebrated in the sacred memory of the great sage Vyasa, the ancient saint who compiled the four Vedas, wrote 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata.

Celebration: we will mark this by a formal address by the director/dean to the students and talk about the guru - shishya tradition in the Indian culture.

5.Janmashtami

Background: Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna the eighth avatar (Incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. This religious festival is celebrated all over India in the month of August/September on the ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar with great devotion and zeal. Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami, Krishnasthami, Srijayanti.

Celebration: Lord Krishna has always been known as a lover of music and dance. We will mark janmashtmi celebration by having a music/ singing competition called “swar”. Any student who wants to showcase his/her singing talent can sing a song. The style of music could be classical or folk. Also, if the student is proficient in some musical instrument can also participate and play some Indian form of music.

6.Navratri and Dussehra:

Background: Navratri is a nine day celebration in dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms. The festival is celebrated with true devotion and purity all over the country. “Garba” and “dandia” are two dance forms which are performed across north India during navratri. Dussehra is celebrated just after navratri and it is a celebration signifying victory of good over evil as Lord Rama destroyed Ravana.

Celebration: Navratri and dussehra is all about fun, energy and vigour. Both festivals celebrate “shakti” or strength. We will mark these festivals by having a dance competition “natyanjali” which will be a group/solo dance competition. The Dance forms can only be Indian classical/ folk or contemporary.

7.Diwali

Background: Deepawali or Dipawali is one the most important, hugely waited and immensely cherished festival celebrated across India and in parts of Nepal. Originally, the name was Deepawali, which has its origin from Sanskrit, meaning “rows of Deep”. The festival of Diwali is not only significant to Hindus, but, has importance in Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. For Hindus, it is associated with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and victory over the demon Ravana. Thus, there is a tradition of lighting oil lamps that symbolize the victory of good over evil and freedom from spiritual darkness.

Celebration: one of the activities which is invariably associated with diwali is decorating our houses. We will mark this day by displaying handicrafts/ colourful diyas/ any other artifact made by the students and lighting lamps in the campus.

8.Id-ul-Fitr:

Background: Id Ul Fitr is a festival that marks the end of the Ramzan period, and usually falls on a new moon night, in the month of April or May. Ramzan is the ninth month in the Muslim calendar. According to legend, the Holy Koran was revealed in this month. The rituals associated with Id and Ramzan have remained unchanged for centuries. Muslims throughout the world and in India observe fast throughout this month and eat and drink only in the night. All types of entertainments and ceremonies are shunned during this period as it is exclusively meant to dedicate oneself to Allah and show devotion by prayers at all the prescribed times, reciting Quran and celebrating nights with feasts and family get- together.

Celebration: We will mark this day by having a poetry competition called “kavya” in the campus. Students can recite poems/ verses written by them or by some famous sufi poet/ writer.

9.Christmas:

Background: Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ on 25th December every year and is an inseparable part of Christians all over the country and the world. Santa Claus, gifts, cakes, cookies, and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree with a midnight mass depicts the beginning of Christmas.

Celebration: We will celebrate Christmas by decorating a Christmas tree in the campus. The tree will be beautified with all the small gifts, Christmas bells, snow balls, ribbons, etc.
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