Class 5 students were joined by their teachers and parents to celebrate their recent Main Lesson topic with an Indian Festival. Students dressed in Indian dress and sang, chanted, and danced along with members of the Hari Krishna Temple 'ISKCON' who shared their knowledge, mantras, song, music, and food.
The Festival was a culmination of the ancient Indian mythology Main Lesson called, “The Sacred Songs of India”. Through the colourful stories from the Vedic epic “The Ramayana”, the children are introduced to the three main gods; Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Protector and Shiva the Destroyer. However, the stories are an interweaving of gods and humans. The gods appear in human form and humans can perceive and converse with the gods. There is a repeated theme of personal hardship and sacrifice, made to attain higher realms. Renunciation of power, wealth, comforts, and pleasure, portend a path to enlightenment.
Thank you to the Class 5 students, Class Teacher Lucy Armstrong and Class Assistant Emily Watts for hosting this great event – a beautiful, cultural way to round out Term 1.