‘Makar Sankranti’ Celebrations @Abhyaas The Global School


Makar refers to the Zodiac sign of Capricorn, while Sankranti means transition. The festival ‘Makar Sankranti’ celebrates the Sun’s shift into the zodiac sign of Capricorn. It is celebrated in reverence to the deity Surya (Sun). It is observed each year in January. It marks the first day of the Sun’s transit into the Makara Rasi (Capricorn) and marks the end of the winter solstice.

Being a festival that celebrates the solar cycle, it usually falls on the same Gregorian date every year. This festival officially announces the beginning of the spring season. The festival highlights the importance of pulling back unethical and unhealthy behaviors while practicing peaceful and positive ones instead.

The harvest festival of ‘Sankranti’ is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for three days as ‘Bhogi’, ‘Sankranti’ and ‘Kanuma’. Sankranti is the main festival, followed by ‘Kanuma’ when cattle are worshipped.

Abhyaas the global school too celebrated ‘Sankranthi’ over a period of three days i.e on the 5th, 6th and 8th of January 2024.

Mehendi competition was held on the first day i.e on 5th January 2024 for girls across grades 4 to IX. The competitors tried to outshine each other by drawing intricate designs on the palms of their classmates and teachers.

In the junior category, Preethi of Grade V, Bhagya and Navya of Grade IV bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively whereas in the senior category, Poojitha of Grade IX bagged the first prize and Akshaya Deepika of Grade VIII bagged the second prize. Nehamrutha Sri and Druthi of Grade IX shared the third prize.

The second day of the festivities was happily spent with boys across Grades I to IX flying kites that seemed to touch the sky and girls across Grades V to IX drawing beautiful rangoli patterns.

In the high school category, D. Pragna and T Poojitha of Grade IX bagged the first place in rangoli competition. K. Varshini of 7 IIT and Lakshmi Chaitanya of Grade 7 bagged the second place while Srihitha, Renuka and Annanya of VI IIT bagged the third place.

In the primary category, Amulya and Bhavya of Grade IV got the first prize in rangoli competition while Dusana and Kavya Sri of Grade IV got the second prize. Kashifa, Meghana and Rushita of Grade V got the third prize.

In the primary school category, Lokesh of Grade V bagged the first prize in the kite flying competition. Tanuj of Grade III bagged the second prize while Viraj of Grade I got the third prize.

In the High school category,  Nageshwarrao of Grade VII bagged the first prize and Rushikesh of Grade IX won the second prize whereas Srujan of Grade VIII got the third prize.

The third day i.e the 8th of January, the festival was celebrated with great pomp and splendor  where students came gaily dressed in  multicolored, vibrant, traditional Indian traditional dresses.

A model village hut  with motifs and sweetmeats related to Sankranti, colourful rangoli and flowers caught the attention of all present.

Bommala Koluvu (display of dolls) was arranged with images of Gods, toys, and dolls that were brought by the students and teachers.

The celebrations were started by the Principal who lit the bonfire as a symbol of discarding outdated things and ideas welcoming new things and new ideas to prosper.

Next, kids of Nursery, LKG, UKG, Classes 1 and 2 were blessed by their Principal, teachers and parents with auspicious akshintalu, coins, ber fruits and flowers.

Students danced around Gobbemmalu that were placed on colourful rangoli with the accompaniment of songs related to gobbillu.

A Haridasu sang many devotional songs and accepted dakshina from parents, teachers and students alike. A group of six Gangireddys skillfully handled two Gangiredulu (gaily decorated bulls) much to to joy and excitement of the children.

Later, to enhance the festivities in the children, a few students dressed up as Haridasu, Buddabukkalavadu, Sodi Amma, farmer, Pittala Dora, Komma Dasari, Goda Devi and village lady, and entertained all with their dialogues. This was followed by dances by cultural programmes

To kick off the festivities, enchanting Grade V girls presented a classical dance performance titled ‘Maha Ganapati Manasa Smarami.’

The tiny tots from Nursery to Grade II enthralled the audience with their charm as they danced with glee.

The youngsters across Grade III to Grade V captured the hearts of all present with their foot-tapping dance performance.

The boys and girls of High School stomped the stage with their fast-paced intricate dance steps.

The boys and girls of Grade VI performed a dance based skit depicting the problems faced by the farmers and urged the audience not to waste food as it is very precious.

The girls of Grade VII, VIII and IX  stole the show with their Ammoru dance. The image and glory of Goddess Durga continued to resonate in our hearts for a long long time.

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