Navaratri is a Hindu festival that spans nine nights (and ten days) and is celebrated every year in the autumn. It is celebrated for many reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of India. Theoretically, there are four seasonal Navaratri’s. However, in practice, it is the post-monsoon autumn festival called Sharada Navaratri that is the most observed in the honour of a goddess (Goddess Durga).
The festival is celebrated in the months of September and October.
The Nursery and Reception children listened to the story all about Rama and Sita. They learnt what happened in the story and why they went into exile in the forest. They listened and learnt about the significance of the 9 nights and the activities conducted during these special times.
The children enjoyed watching classical Indian dancing and learnt a few steps too! They also looked closely at the ‘dandiya’ sticks used when dancing during these 9 nights. The children then had a go at designing their own dandiya sticks to use when dancing.
“Look I am making the sticks and I am decorating it really nicely and no scribbling because its not nice to scribble!”
“Look what we made…. we making the sticks that everyone dances with and they dance when people play the music and they wear really shiny clothes!”