During this Summer term BHS are presenting action packed festival workshops, plus our ever popular Hindu Mock Weddings, Indian Musical Instruments and Henna Art workshops. Below are a list of festival based subjects we are presenting with emphasis on Wesak Buddha Day Festival. You can use our On-Line Booking Form to book an amazing day for your school.
Diwali workshops, celebrated in the Autumn term are filled with activities that are celebrated during this joyous festival. Dance, drama, music, rangoli, diyas and stories of the incarnation of Vishnu in form of Prince Rama and his beautiful wife Princess Sita.
Children enjoy dressing up as the ten headed demoniac King Ravana and the heroic monkey Hanuman who was a member of a special race of beings called 'kim purushas'. Kim Purusha literally means 'like a human' and this extinct species of monkey-like humans were said to be common 1.6 million years ago at the time of Ram and Sita. This story is taken from the ancient book called Shree Ramayan which was written by the Vedic sage Valmiki Muni.
The Wesak (Vesak) workshop celebrates the birth- day of Buddha or Buddha Day. It fell on May 19th this year. During this calming and beautiful workshop, the children get to bathe a baby Buddha, experience what a Buddhist temple is like, perform light meditation learning how to focus the mind on a single point.
They also hear about mindfulness and the four noble truths taught by the Buddha. If the workshop is over 70 minutes long, we usually end the session with a costume dressup and enactment of the life of the Buddha. This is a workshop that is especially enjoyed by the teachers who get a bit of chill out time to rejuvenate their energies.
The Holi (Hooli) festival of colours is an important festival which is celebrated by Hindu and Non Hindu alike. This year Holi fell on 21st of March.
Unlike the traditional festival where people gather in large groups and throw coloured powder on each other amidst music and dance, we depict the enacted the story of Prahlad and Holika with costumes and engage the children in dance and music along with other traditional activities.
This saves a lot of cleaning up afterwards, so there's no need to worry about your hall or classroom being inundated with every colour of the rainbow!
The Sikh Vaisakhi festival fell on April 14th and celebrated the harvest festival and Punjabi new year which is also the day Sikh Khalsa was established in 1699.
Sikh men are called Singh or lion and the women are called Kaur meaning princess.
This exciting workshop includes the children dressing up as Sikhs and Kaurs whereby they enjoy wearing a Darhi (beard) and Muncha (moustache) with the Sikh Dastaan or turban. One child stands behind the holy Sikh book called the Shree Guru Granth Sahib whilst fanning the holy book with a Yak tail whisk (Chori). Other children dress up as some of the Sikh Gurus and enact a famous story for the rest of the class. Below is a very short clip of Kavita displaying a real Sikh cavarly sword. It really is a great workshop!
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