Onam @ ASIS
Onam is a feeling of rejuvenation and a splendid state of prosperity in the mind of every Keralite. Al Saad Indian family celebrated Onam on the school’s premises amidst much fanfare involving students, staff and management of the school on 9th September 2022 with a variety of heart whelming activities. The celebrations started with setting up of an attractive floral decoration in the reception area that was reminiscent of the agrarian past of Kerala. Impressive designs and artistic creativity were the hallmarks of the Pookalam, which turned out to be attractive and mesmerizing and took everyone into a world of festivity and fun.
The children, staff and teachers came to school dressed in traditional dresses adding to the vibrancy of the day. A special assembly was organized under the aegis of Department of Malayalam with cultural events that marked the occasion. The festive spirit and happiness that embraced the students were visible on everyone’s face. Students performed variety of programmes such as Skit, Onam song, Thiruvathira and ramp walk in traditional attire. The arrival of Mahabali was well-received by the audience. The festival was yet another moment which showcased the hand in hand collaboration of facilitators in Al Saad Indian School in celebrations that are reflective of the culture and heritage of India. The Founder and Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in the Middle East, Shri. N.K. Ramachandra Menon graced the occasion with his words regarding Onam and associated celebration. “We have to make ourselves happy, celebrate each day and make all days special. Celebrations should not be limited to seeking amusement and entertainment. Celebrations should be an act of expressing reverence and appreciation.”, said the Chairman and also joined the staff for the sumptuous onam sadhya. Being an ardent admirer of traditions and culture, Dr. Bhavana Gupta, the Principal of ASIS conveyed onam greetings and wishes of the festival. Vice Principal, Mr. Thomas Francis lauded the commendable performance of the students and thanked the Malayalam Department who took initiative for organizing the event.
The children were served a glass of ‘ Palada Payasam ’ ( Traditional sweet dish from Kerala ) – the king of payasams. Following the dispersal of students the staff engaged in some traditional Onam games and programs including the famous ‘Vadamvalli’ – Tug of War match between departments and between male and female staff. The Kindergarten team and the female teachers won the test of strength and power. The day ended with a sumptuous ‘Ona Sadya’ – traditional Onam feast served on a banana leaf complete with 22 dishes and 3 payasams.