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Young students dress up as Krishna and Radha to celebrate Janmashtami

Janmashtami was recently celebrated with great enthusiasm at Apeejay School, Kharghar, and Apeejay School, Nerul



Apeejay School, Kharghar, celebrated the Hindu festival of Janmashtami with fun and mirth. Students from pre-primary up to class 5 wore bright and colourful attire on the occasion to resemble Radha and Krishan.

The school also organised the ‘Dahi Handi’ event which is synonymous with Janmashtami. In this, a clay pot filled with yogurt, butter, or any milk-based food is hung at a height. Young boys make a human pyramid in an attempt to reach the pot and break it.

At the event, children also enjoyed dancing to their heart’s content with their friends and teachers. It was a wonderful gathering that brought together the entire school.

Children participate in song and dance at Apeejay Nerul

Likewise, the children of the primary wing of Apeejay School, Nerul also enthusiastically participated in the festivities. The celebrations at the school started with a prayer followed by a speech on the significance of Janmashtami.

The students also participated in song and dance as well as ‘Dahi Handi’. They made a human pyramid and the one dressed as Krishna broke the earthen pot. The exhilaration among children was at its peak.

Shakuntala Singh, the academic coordinator, shared words of wisdom with the young children. The programme ended with the national anthem.

Janmashtami is celebrated every year on the eighth tithi (Ashtami) of Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravana as per the Hindu calendar and falls in August or September. The festival celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.

The celebrations comprise dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna, devotional singing through midnight, fasting, a night vigil, and a festival or Mahotsav on the following day. While it is celebrated in various parts of the country, grand celebrations are particularly held in Mathura and Vrindavan.

“May Shri Krishna show us the path to righteousness.

-Tejaswini Katdare, principal, Apeejay School Kharghar

“The celebration of Janmashtmi were kicked off with an energetic display of young Govindas, who took the charge of breaking Dahi Handi. This was followed by a colourful cultural celebration, depicting the life & deeds of Lord Krishna. It was an electric atmosphere, which matched the relevance of this day.”

-Rakesh Joshi, acting principal, Apeejay School Nerul

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.