“Freedom is not GIVEN, It is TAKEN”
Very rightly said by Subhas Chandra Bose. But haven’t we taken our freedom for granted. Yes, it was given to us, but have we really realized its value, for anything that comes free, generally loses its importance or value.
National festivals are celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm in schools but as we move out of schools it sadly holds significance only towards a red mark on the calendar more so whether it is attached to a weekend or not.
We as Indians born in a free country need to play a bigger role in keeping the spirit of Independence alive. We are leaving a mark on the young minds and eventually creating a mindset of the future, the nation that would lead tomorrow.
How would we be able to contribute?
Also, remember it starts with the importance of each day and we must pass it on to our children.
- Independence Day – A national festival celebrated at The Red Fort in Delhi. The Prime Minister of the country hoists the Indian National Flag on this historical site on 15th August each year.
- Republic Day – The President of India who is the constitutional head of the country hoists the national flag at Rajpath, New Delhi, which is followed by parades of National Cadet Corps and Indian Army. Vibrant and beautiful demonstrations of the culture of different states. Brave personalities are awarded Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra.
- Gandhi Jayanti – The Father of the nation is fondly remembered on this day. There are several events organized on this day.
If we understand the importance of these days as national festivals instead of national holidays. There can be a change however small but a significant change.
We as parents, need to be more responsible and take our kids for attending the celebration in school instead of celebrating it as a holiday. Talking about the nation and spending quality time with the child would hold more importance rather than making the child miss school and go out on a holiday.
Yes, it begins with us as they are watching us and then making their mind.
Festivals bring out the culture, culture makes society and human beings need society, so why not build a healthier society with a better culture that leads to a better tomorrow.
Dr Rupali Dhamdhere
C M International School
“Enjoy your Path to Mom. Relish every moment!”