“The future belongs to children, and if not now, at least in the future, their actions will bear fruit.”
Festivals inform, educate, bring people together, break the monotony of routine and give us a chance to re-energize our body, mind and spirit. Festivals are moments of great joy and celebration, and in our country people show their faith in unique ways. Simple rituals take on a different colour and with each passing year, the celebrations are on a grandiose scale. During Ganesh Chaturthi, however, the celebration spirit takes a high pitch. Of all the festivals, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great fervour and fidelity. Every year, people celebrate this festival with great passion and devotion with vigorous splendour. Since the deadly virus, COVID-19 has pervaded our nation, people across the country have been trying to adapt themselves with respect to the changing environment. Schools, offices and various institutions got hampered and closed since then. People believe that Lord Ganesha, the symbol of wisdom bestows his presence on Earth during this festival and remove their obstacles.
With such belief, on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, MITCON International School organized activities on making eco-friendly Ganesha on the 8th of September 2021, through virtual mode. The sole purpose of the celebration was to let the students stay rooted with Indian culture and to enable them to understand the significance of this festival. The festival was taken as a tool to convey solutions to global ecological issues so that students could learn and understand the impact of their actions on the world around them and to make them more sensitive by celebrating an eco-friendly festival. It all begins with choosing the right idol. A majority of Ganesha idols are made from material that are simply harmful for the environment.
An eco-friendly Ganesha making competition was conducted for all the grades. Students made use of material like clay, wheat dough, vegetables, fruits or any eco-friendly material available at their home or surroundings with devotion, passion and creativity to make Ganesha. They added seeds to the clay which they used to make Ganesha, so that it could grow into plants. Various bio-degradable material like eco-friendly clay, veg dye, grains, dry flowers, dry twigs, newspapers, etc. were used to sculpt eco-friendly Ganesha. They used only eco-friendly decorations such as flowers and wood shavings. In other words, to keep traditions and its importance intact yet find ways to protect our surroundings from additional pollution. That is how the idea of eco-friendly Ganesha was sowed in our students and they enthusiastically carried it out. Students participated in this competition and moulded the idols which they would use this year for festivities at their residence. Embedded with seeds of moong and tulsi, these Ganesha will sprout into trees on plantation and dissolve into the fine soil when immersed. The teachers emphasized on the need for retaining nature’s beauty, thus showing reverence to earth and maintaining the sanctity of nature.
If we are gentle in our approach and our social conscience is strong, we will be able to understand how to worship the Lord of Wisdom. The students participated actively in the competition and enjoyed a lot in preparing the eco-friendly Ganesha.
The Lord who removes obstacles will surely shower his blessings on those who do not create more obstacles to this earth!