Monday, November 21, 2011

National Children's Day

In India National Childrens Day is an annual celebration - and celebrated it is too. Vista had both party halls in action. One was a compilation of classical Indian dance and song put on by the children of Vista - it was a 3 plus hour long extravaganza, obviously some very talented kids live in our neighborhood with some very patient parents!! What struck me was that all these kids were happy to practice and perform and also not shy to dance/sing solos.

In the other party hall the folks of Vista hosted a party for the kids who live in the sheds behind our neighborhood (shed being one up on a slum but still with no electricity, running water etc.) and some of the offspring of the Vista maintenance workers.

November 14th is the date of Nehru's birthday - India's first Prime Minister who emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to kids who he saw as the bright future of his country and bright these kids were, so gorgeous, bright and alive. 

The entertainment was provided by a magician who really looked the part, had the kids total attention. He spoke in Kannada but the language of magic is universal!
These kids were so appreciative, so open in their enjoyment and soooooooo well behaved! My kids could learn a lot!
They laughed,
They listened from the youngest...
They came in their best clothes .......

and even make-up - (kohl round the eyes)
This little man....was such a dude (see the juice cartoon in his pocket!)
I'm not sure who had more fun and took away more memories from the party - the kids or the Vista adults involved in organizing the afternoon - it sure feels as good to give as it does to get, if not more so. The kids were given party bags when they left with toys, school supplies and some fruit. 
 To think of the future these kids will have compared with the opportunities and experiences ahead for our  kids is hard to contemplate.  

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