International Project - Worship and Festivals

Autumn Term 2014

Welcome to our project page where we share examples of our work for all our partnership schools.

In October, Red Roses School in India celebrated a festival called Dusshera.  This festival is part of preparing for Diwali and includes the burning of effigies of Ravan and his relatives. It celebrates good winning over evil.

 

On October 23rd Hindus around the world celebrated Diwali. Year Three had been learning about the Festival at Frodsham Manor House and completed a dramatic retelling of the story of Rama and Sita from the Ramayana. They also had a go at some Rangoli patterns on the playground. The slideshows below shows photos from both England and India. Children in Red Roses celebrated Diwali two days prior in school. They cleaned the areas near the school,decorated the school with paper lamps and 'torans' prepared some write ups,decorated 'diyas' and also performed Diwali Puja-- worshipped Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. Click on the gallery photos to read work from Red Roses.

 

On 31st October some children at Frodsham Manor House take part in a festival called Hallowe'en. This is not really a religious festival for us but an evening where children dress us as spooky characters like witches and ghosts and visit houses for treats.  It used to be a festival called 'Hallow's Eve'. They meet up with friends and may even go to a Hallowe'en party where they play a game bobbing for apples. This is when you have a bowl of water with apples floating in it. You have to try to catch an apple just using your teeth with your hands behind your back. People put carved pumpkins outside their houses with candles in them. The pumpkins below are all by Manor House families.

 

 

On 5th November in the UK we light bonfires and have firework displays to remember the capture of a man called Guy Fawkes. A group of men including Guy Fawkes tried to blow up parliament in 1605 but failed. Effigies of Guy Fawkes are sometimes burnt on the bonfire. Many people in Frodsham attend an organised fireworks display. The photos of fireworks on the right were taken at that display by a pupil in Year 6 and a photo of some parents helping out. A traditional snack on Bonfire Night is a toffee apple.

      

 

 

 

Hindu tales under the Banyan Tree with Year 3 at Frodsham Manor House .

 

 

Halloween costumes

November 11th is Remembrance Day where we have a two minute silence throughout the country at 11am to show our respects for all those who have died in conflict to protect our country or other people around the world. This year has been particularly important as it is 100 years since the start of World War One. The Tower of London has had ceramic poppies around, each poppy for a member of our forces who died in World War One. Some of our families have been to see it in London. On the nearest Sunday to the 11th there are special services in all towns where people can lay poppy wreaths to represent their organisations. Many of our pupils went with Scouts, Guides and Cadets and the Chair and Vice Chair of the School Council lay our wreath.