Written by Parvathi
Onam, the most important festival of God’s OwnCountry is here and we, the maddies at SH deciced to celebrate the festive season with our girls at the convent. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Onam, the festival of prosperity and happiness, than to spend it with our dear loved ones! So we decided to hold it on Saturday, the 29th of August, as most of the kids were going home on Sunday.
The day dawned bright and clear but the celebration wasn’t taking place till 2’o clock in the afternoon. So we spent the morning buying small gifts for the girls. And finally when we dug into our pockets, we found we had enough money left for sweets. The idea was to spend some quality time with the children- nothing more, nothing less.
We entered the convent to huge cheers and hugs from the kids and they half carried us to show their Athapookalam which they spent their entire morning on.It was a beautiful Floral Carpet with “Onamshamsakal” written on top. When Aparna asked from where they got the flowers to make it, as most of the flowers used were expensive, the reply she got stunned her. They made this from the flowers left over from the pookalam contest at their school. See, instead of wasting those flowers, they used every single petal to make their own floral carpet! Creative or what?!
We had planned on making the girls learn a Thiruvathira dance, under the guidance of our dearest Parvati, the talented dancer ;) and they all danced to “Parvenendumukhi Parvati…..” .It was fun seeing everyone dancing, especially our dear Anoosha who proved that even Singhs can dance Thiruvathira…hehehe.. :D
Once we all had enough of dancing it was time for something else, just as fun. We had to give them the different gifts we bought but was confused how to divide them among the girls without causing possible long faces and stares of displeasure. But Keerthi came up with the idea of giving the gifts through the games played and that was settled. After the games session, it was time to indulge our sweet tooths. Chocolate burfi, doodh peda…yumm…i can still taste them…
We retired to the common room to listen to music and to have a chatting session. Reluctant as we were to go back, we had to, because by then it was almost 5O’clock and we all had to get back home soon so we said good-bye to all the girls and wished them a happy onam and proceeded to wish the sisters. Boy did we get a surprise then; they had ‘payasam’ ready for us!!! And so after we all had our share of this sweet treat, we bid farewell and proceeded home to a week long vacation.
Happy Onam…!!! :)