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Scottish High and Canadian International school organise Diwali mela
This Diwali, celebrations wer not limited to offices, socities and home only, but schools also took initiative to bring more joy to children on the eve of festival of lights. Scottish High International School of Gurgaon and Canadian International School of Bangalore organised Diwali melas, which saw massive footfalls.

DIWALI WAS celebrated with much fanfare and joy at the Diwali Mela, organized at Scottish High last Saturday. On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, the school hosts a fair of fun and festivity every year.

The highlights of the mela this year were several interesting game stalls and food stalls, which offered a wide variety of delectable foods like Chinese, continental, Mughlai, snacks, various street foods, bakery delights, soft drinks and many beverages.

Children and adults alike flocked incessantly to the games section to try their luck and display their skills at various stalls. These game stalls featured innovative games and titles like ‘Tower of Hanoi’, ‘Cocunut Shie’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Web Quest’, Knotty Fun’ and many more. There were golfing activities like chipping and putting and archery as well.

On sale for the benefit of the underprivileged children were special aromatic candles with essential oils made by the students and the mela also had a stall of Diwali articles put up by social organisation, ‘Antardrishti’ in which all the items were prepared by the visually impaired. The sale of raffle tickets and the eagerly awaited lucky draw also helped to further the cause of the needy.

The large number of footfalls and celebration of families and friends bonding together indeed reflected the true spirit of Diwali at Scottish High.

In the other part of the country, Canadian International School also celebrated festival of lights where students from 37 nationalities performed multi - faceted programmmes on its campus.

On November 12, school celebrated Diwali with much fanfare, traditional good will and rituals across the country. As part of the Diwali celebrations, Canadian International School Bangalore, initiated a multi - faceted program in the school premises.

The event started by lighting of the lamp by chief guest and was then followed by various programmes like skit, dance, national anthem, antakshari, religious programs and many more cultural activities. There were various stalls of Jewellery, diyas, mehandi, handicrafts, ladies sarees from Chinapatna, lanterns, Rajasthani food, candles, jute etc. There were also stalls by Belakku Handicapped School, Srilanka Refugee School. The proceeds from Jewellery stall went to Mother Teresa’s Home for the old and destitute.

"It was a wonderful day on the CIS campus as the school once again celebrated Diwali, Canadian School style. There was music, dance, songs as well as the Middle School Band performing for the appreciative audience of parents, students and guests. It was truly a day to remember!" Shane Kells, Head of the school said.

Dean of Studies, Melanie Kells added,"Bright colors, student showcase, parent and teacher acts, Diwali was celebrated by all and all had a great day!".

“Cultural activities in schools can help students appreciate the richness and diversity of our culture, as well as enduring relevance of our age old values of truth, tolerance and respect for all. We at CIS are very happy to celebrate Diwali with our students of diverse culture. We hope this festival of lights brightens each & every student’s life and they shine bright wherever they go. Such activities go a long way in enhancing the social and cultural development of the community in multi racial, multi lingual and multi cultural environment,” said Shweta Sastri, Executive Director, Canadian International School.

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