PPA Kids NAVRATRI 2015 by Jyoti Dhanak
3 years ago, the outgoing committee led by Immediate Past President Kantilal Pattni, introduced Kids Navratri for the very first time with a little help from PPA Volunteers back in 2013. And what a hit it was!
Year 1 included not only Garba and Raas Dandiya organised experically for the little ones but also an interactive play explaining what Navratri meant. After all Education is best received when delivered in a fun way.
This success continued during the committee’s 2nd year and of course it’s brilliant to see that the new incoming committee have continued the new tradition and made it special for kids. A special mention to Amisha Pattni, the President’s daughter, who took the lantern in teaching the younger ones!
You know you started something great off when you receive this amazing letter from a member of the community. Thanks Jyoti Dhanak for your kind words and sharing your thoughts with iPattni. Here’s what she had to share…
I was once again overwhelmed by the efforts the PPA committee and volunteers
took to organise Kids Navratri. This is their 3rd year of organising a special evening for
Kids where children get a dedicated dance floor.
I was a bit reluctant to attend due to heavy rain and the utter lack of confidence in my driving
skills. In the past couple of years, I was the one encouraging a reluctant Kavyan (my 5 year old
son) to attend this festival but this year, it was him that really wanted to ‘do Garba’.
We got there at about 20 past 5. We were the first to arrive, but in few minutes we spotted a few
familiar faces and relatives.
All the kids were looking gorgeous in the traditional outfit.
The evening was full of fun as the programme included not just garba, but stories, ramjaniyu, Dandiya, Aarti and of course very yummy food.
I really enjoyed seeing the younger children engrossed in listening story from older kids.
When I was asked about my thoughts for the kids Navratri event, I wasn’t very forthcoming, but
it got me thinking and I suppose most parents would echo my sentiments:
• What a great way to connect the children with this colourful festival and the traditions which we have enjoyed ourselves as kids.
• To continue the tradition and make sure our roots get stronger.
• To make them realise the importance and euphoria of celebrating together in a community.
• To teach them our prayers of faith with deevo and aarti to Mataji.
While driving back home Kavyan told me, ‘You know mum Jesus is the light of the whole world’
(He goes to Church of England school)
I said, ‘Yeah, good and what about Mataji?’ His reply was
‘Yes, she’s God too, a Gujrati God who is also light to the world. Jesus likes candles and she likes Deevos.’
‘Okay’ I asked him, ‘And why do we offer candles and deevos?’
‘So they keep the world away from darkness and make us happy.’
That just made my evening and brought a big smile to my face.
Well‐done PPA, every year it’s getting better and we look forward for next year.
Many thanks to the committee and the volunteers