In India nature is not separated from the human existence. Nature is a creative force worthy of respect. 'Makar Sankranti' is one among the famous festivals of India. It is celebrated in several parts of India. Each year Makar Sankranti is celebrated on January 14th & is one among the significant festivals of India. It is believed that the six months of northern movement of the sun is followed by six months of southern movement. The festival reminds us to thank all who have contributed to our well-being. An exuberant celebration of peace and harmony in co-existence with nature is celebrated! While we know Makar Sankranti is celebrated in different ways like flying kites, lighting bonfires, distributing sweets the highlight of today’s program reminds us to not use strings of kite coated with glass as there are tendencies of flying birds being killed, bonfires just adds to the prevailing pollution.
Makar Sankranti is the day when the glorious Sun-God begins its ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere. It is a harvest festival which is essentially celebrated in the Hindu communities. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. Makar Sankranti promotes a feeling of sense of unity among peoples. People forget their past grievances and forgive one another.
Sankranti literally means “movement.” The planet earth is moving gently in such a beautiful manner – it is only changing seasons. Tomorrow, if it just speeds up, throttles up a little bit, everything will spin out of control. So movement is beautiful only to a certain point. Once it crosses that point, movement becomes torture. This torture here is urbanisation. Yes indeed urbanisation is needed but with collective and constructive measures.
Mother Earth provides for everyone's needs. But sadly man has taken things too lightly and hindered the growth and the Earth's very existence.
Anti-Pollution Drive (APD) Foundation in association with Antony Waste Handling Cell Pvt. Ltd. & Shree Gujarathi English Medium School, Alake celebrated the festival that reaps happiness & joy in Shree Gujarathi English Medium School, Alake on 13th January 2018 in the school premises.
Makar Sankranti is all about forgetting bitter and sad moments which have occurred in the past and welcoming the new phase of life which is full of purity, knowledge and wisdom. This festival is a traditional and oldest event that happens on an equinox that is the length of day and night remains equally long. After Makar Sankranti, the days grow longer and the nights shorter till the next equinox.
Sankranti is celebrated all over India but is known by different names. In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is known as Uttarayan whereas in Tamil Nadu it is known as Pongal and in Karnataka it is known as Makara Sankranthi.
APD team along with Antony Waste Handling Cell (AWHCPL) & Shree Gujarathi High School Alake celebrated this day in an Eco-friendly way and showed their gratitude to mother earth who has blessed us all with so much in abundance by going to houses in the vicinity and giving the residents a message about protecting our environment which has always given us everything we need without expecting much from us.
The students put forth a meaningful programme in the form of a narration by Mother Earth requesting the audience “Jeeyo Aur Jeene Do”. While the Flora & Fauna encored "Live & Let Live" the students encored "Baduki Matthu Badukalu Bidi".
3 dance forms representing three major states Tamil Nadu, Gujarath & Karnataka that celebrate Makar Sankranti with enthusiasm was shown by the students of 7th, 8th & 9th grades. Students also went for a walkathon and visited neighbouring houses calling out slogans, distributing sweets made out of Til & Jaggery and telling the residents to preserve Mother Earth and together live in Harmony.
The celebration highlighted to create awareness among the people that mother earth has been disturbed and harmed due to the pollution and by this we need to stop polluting the environment by various means. People greeted each other Happy Sankranti by saying "Tilgul Ghya Aani God God Bola".
The program began with a prayer followed by welcome speech by Mrs. Sowmya Shettigar. Headmistress Mrs. Ashwini Shenoy highlighted the significance of celebration that distributing ‘Til Laddu’ on this auspicious day. It stands for ‘co-existence’ that Mother Earth, plant and animal kingdom and common man is asking us to live and let others live. Also the students of the school presented the Makara Sankranthi celebration in different states in the form of dance, which was choreographed by Neha Shenoy, GM-Operations – APD. Sri Kalpesh Khokanni, member of the education committee was the president of the program. Chief guest Mrs. Prathibha Kulai, chairman of finance committee MCC awakened students about environmental awareness. Mr. Rajendra Kumar, the Corporator of Dongerkeri ward, Mrs. Nagveni, Health Committee chairman, MCC, Mr. Jayaprakash, scientific officer KSPCB and Mr. Santhosh G. Nair, AWHCPL and Mr. Naveen D’souza IEC Project Head addressed the gathering. Mr. Prakash Kurup and Mrs. Asha, President of PTA and Mohammed Asif and Dhanush Desai of APD Foundation were present on the occasion. Miss. Ruhia Hussain rendered the vote of thanks.
The celebrations didn’t include usage of any of the pollutants which will harm our environment. Burning bonfires and not using glass coated thread to fly kites were condemned.