[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras in Tamil Nadu – Children celebrated Independence Day and Krishna Janmashtami

26 Aug 2022 807 Views

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Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to inform you that the Bala Samskar Kendras in Tamil Nadu celebrated India’s Independence Day and Krishna Janmashtami with gusto, enthusiasm, and excitement.
Krishna Janmashtami is also known as "Krishnaashtami", "Gokulaashtami", and "Srikrishna Jayanti", and Hindus celebrate the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated during the month of August or September depending on the Indian calendar. The celebration of this festival is followed according to the Indian calendar and hence the month in the English calendar varies every year. This day also falls on the day of Shravan Poornima when the monsoon season is at its high in most of the part of India.
Bala Samskar Kendras' teachers encouraged Kids to dress up to resemble little Krishnas and little Radhas. The pictures you see are examples of how they celebrated the festival. While Krishna is seen wearing many ornaments, his constant accessory is a peacock feather in his hair. Have you ever wondered why Lord Krishna wears a peacock feather? The story goes that Krishna played his flute and the peacocks gathered around him in ecstasy. Overjoyed, the king of peacocks dropped many divine feathers at Krishna’s feet. Krishna lovingly accepted the offering of the peacocks and picked up the feathers and to everybody’s joy, placed a few of them on his turban. Thus he came to wear the peacock feathers.
Another story is about the Govardhana Giri being lifted by Sri Krishna with one finger for days until the rain stopped. As per the legend, the farmers of Gokul used to Perform Pujas to please Lord Indra, the Rain God. But Krishna convinced the whole town to worship the mountain Govardhan which helped them care for their cattle and land. People were convinced and didn’t offer any pujas to appease Lord Indra. This made Indra very angry and poured torrential rains on the town of Gokul, the whole village was drenched and flooded. Then lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Mountain on the tip of his finger to protect his people and lovely animals.
There are so many stories about Lord Krishna – about stealing butter, his friendship with friends, Krishna Jhula, and many more. They inspire the children about Krishna’s franks and his behavior. As children, they enjoy the stories. Children dress up like Krishna and wear peacock feathers, flute, and other items to represent Lord Krishna.
Independence Day Celebrated
            Many schools celebrated Independence Day by flag joisting, talking about the national heroes who sacrificed their lives, sand Desa Bhakti songs, marched with flags on the streets and talked about the significance of Independence Day.

1)    Bala Samskar Teachers talked about so many national heroes the sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from British. They asked them to read about the struggles many leaders went through in order to gain Independence for all of us so that we will enjoy the freedom.
2)    They asked them to take pride in the achievements of India since Independence.
3)    Students were asked to celebrate the struggle for freedom from British which was a long battle and the number of people laid their lives for their country.
British rule in India began in 1757 when, following the British victory at the Battle of Plassey, the English East India Company began exercising control over the country. Independence Day, in India, national holiday celebrated annually on August 15. Independence Day marks the end of British rule in 1947 and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation. It also marks the anniversary of the partition of the subcontinent into two countries, India and Pakistan, which occurred at midnight on August 14–15, 1947.
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