Hindu Holiday Day-camp for children in Subang Jaya

December 18, 2006 at 11:19 am 1 comment

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI

Dec 16, SUBANG JAYA, MALAYSIA (SAT) – My children and I went Deepavali Caroling in 27 houses during Damodara / Kaarthik month.pict0023.JPG It was quite an experience. But the saddest part was none of the children in those houses we visited knew the reason why Deepavali was celebrated. Not even the killing of Narakasura story! The Hindu philosophy will virtually be unknown in the coming generation in Malaysia. This spurred me to do something simple but beneficial for the children.

I decided to work on a day-camp program for the children. I asked help from Vishnu prabhu and Rasika prabhu. They gave me ideas on how to go about it. After working out the details of the program, I called up the parents to come over for the Day-Camp. I got a 50% success rate. We had 23 children in the Day-Camp. pict0028.JPGThe program began with registration and a ice-breaker. It was followed by a slide presentation on “Our Culture”. It covered common festivals the children knew like Ponggal and Thaipoosam, and Demigods. We also covered “Code of Conduct” and an “Overview of the Hindu scriptures”. Then we had a session on making of Rangoli / Kolam followed by a story session on Narada Muni by Sasimukhi mataji.

Next on the agenda was a skid on “The Brahmana and the Cobbler” co-ordinated by Cintamani mataji and Thakur prabhu. The kids enjoyed dressing up and acting. It was fun and exciting for the children. pict0012.JPGAfter lunch, we continued with Mahabharata multi-media show and there was a Quiz after that. The children were enthusiastic and very eager to learn more. Another slide presentation on “Happiness and Miseries of life” was next on the agenda. It made them think and ask questions about “Birth and Death and Cycle of birth and death.” Now was the right time to introduce the Hare Krsna Mahamantra to get them out of this endless cycle of birth and death. Sudarshan prabhu got the ball going and the children danced and sang joyfully. They danced all the way from the hall to the porch.

Games were next in store for the children. It was the game of the Kauravas and Pandavas. Naturally the Pandavas won. They had a feast after that. They loved every moment of it.  We had the parents’ session next and the children gave excellent feedback….Gifts and momentos were given away. Eventhough it was a 9am to 5pm session, we didn’t feel the time passing as the activities and the enthusiasm of the children just kept us going. It was a rewarding Ekadasi day. Hope the Lord is pleased by this small endeavour…..

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  • 1. Sneha  |  December 18, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Hare Krishna,
    Please accept my dandavat.
    All glories to Srila Prabhupad.

    Great work mataji.
    Please bless us so that we can learn from this event and do something like this,
    Hare krishna.

    Reply

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