In Mumbai, Children’s Day celebrations are taking a back seat this year due to the coinciding Diwali holidays. Notable schools like Lodha World School (Navi Mumbai), Podar International School (Kalyan), and St. Theresa Convent School (Dombivli) are among those modifying their plans. Some institutions, including St Joseph’s High School (Juhu), have opted to shift the festivities to after the Diwali break.
Linda D’costa, Principal of St Joseph High School, Andheri West, explained, “As Children’s Day coincided with the Diwali holiday, we planned to celebrate it after the break.” Similarly, Lakshmi Naidu, Vice Principal of Chandresh Lodha Memorial High School, Nala Sopara, expressed regret, stating, “We unfortunately cannot celebrate the day this year.”
Despite the altered schedule, students are eagerly anticipating the postponed celebrations. Among Patil, a class 10th student at Rustomjee International School, Dahisar, shared, “We always look forward to this celebration in our school. I’m excited about it.”
Innovative approaches are being adopted by some schools to make the delayed celebration special for the children. Rama Das, Principal of Pawar Public School, Mumbai, revealed, “The young teachers in our school will dress up in school uniforms and perform for students. They will dance, enact a drama, sing and more.”
Joyce Britto, Vice Principal of Rahul International School, Mira Road, mentioned, “The teachers will prepare special performances like fashion shows, dance, and drama for the students.” Adding a personal touch, she stated, “We will have a common celebration in the lobby where the teachers will enact various value-based skits for the students. It will be memorable for them as their teachers will be performing.”
Despite the subdued atmosphere this year, the creativity and enthusiasm of schools aim to make the Children’s Day celebrations memorable for the students.