‘Sankranthi Celebrations’ @ Abhyaas The Global School

Bhiamavaram @ 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 sun’s transit into the Makara (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 spring. The festival highlights the importance of pulling back unethical and unhealthy behaviors while practicing peaceful and positive ones instead.

The three days festivities are known by various names such as “BHOGI”, SANKRANTHI and KANUMA.

Abhyaas the global school celebrated pre- ‘Sankranti’ with great pomp and splendour where students came in colourful traditional Indian dresses. All the students and teachers decorated a village hut with motifs related to Sankranti, colourful rangolies and flowers.

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

The celebrations were started by the Principal and parents by lightening the bonfire as a symbol of discarding outdated things and ideas welcoming new things and new ideas to prosper.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 akshantalu, coins, berry fruits and flowers as a tradition of BHOGIAPPLLU POYADAM.advertisement

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Students were reminded about the facts and celebrations related to Sankranti. They were told about the significance of each day – Bhoghi, Makar Sankranti, Kanuma and Mukkanuma.

Students in different attires of BUDABUKKALA VADU, KOMMA DASARI, PITTALA DORA, HARIDASULU, SODAMMELU, had filled the ambiance with laughter with their funny way of TRADITIONAL BHIKSHATANA.

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

Later, to enhance the festivities in the children, a few students dressed up to represent Suryadeva, Goda Devi, Shakuntala, Vanadeveta, Farmers and village women.

Fun did not end there, many cultural activities were performed by each class students on the theme of SANKRANTHI.

The celebrations ended with KITE flying and RANGOLI competitions.

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