Chacha Nehru will have to compete with fire crackers and sweets this year,as Diwali has come in the way of Children’s Day celebrations.
Schools will not be able to celebrate Children’s Day on November 14, Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday, as with Diwali falling on the same day, schools have either postponed celebrations or cancelled them altogether. With Diwali on November 13, schools are trying their best to squeeze in Children’s Day celebrations before the vacation.
Pawar Public School in Kandivli has an event planned today, its last working day before the Diwali vacation. “We will not be able to have a grand celebration, but our teachers will perform for students,” said principal Amita Katyal.
The education department’s Jawahar Bal Bhavan will hold its celebrations on December 2.
Dr Pratibha Mirashi, managing director, NSS Hillspring International School at Tardeo said children, too, are in the mood to celebrate Diwali.
However, they might have to come to school on Sunday, November 11 to celebrate National Education Day, says education department.
It has issued circulars asking teachers and children to attend school on November 11, the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of India. “Even if the attendance is less, schools will have to read out the PM’s message,” said NB Chavan, deputy director of education.
Schools, however, say they have no idea about this and have yet to receive the circular.