The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 14 , 2014
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Sankranti tips for kids

- Festival-cum-picnic for Dhanbad students, kites for party

Ask any Montessori student of Vanasthali Public School at Bekarbandh, Dhanbad, the meaning and importance of Makar Sankranti and they will blow you with their smart answers.

The children learnt at their school on Monday that Makar Sankranti, which is celebrated across the country in different names like Lohri in Punjab and Kichdi in local dialect, heralds the arrival of new crop. Dahi (curd) and chura is offered to sun god on the occasion.

Vanasthali Public School had organised a Makar Sankranti-cum-picnic on the eve of the harvest festival for as many as 75 students of play, nursery and LKG level and treated them with delicacies like chura, gur (jaggery), sweets made of til (sesame seeds).

But, it was not all learning and no play for the tiny tots.

The day began sharp at 9am when the tots, wearing colourful dresses, assembled at the school grounds. Principal Tanu Jain addressed the tiny tots. “We explained them the importance of the harvest festival,” said Jain.

The little ones then danced to the tune of popular Bollywood chartbusters and flew kites with help from their teachers.