Dussehra is around the corner and there is excitement all around. Known as Vijaydashmi, it is among the most significant festivals of India, celebrated in full fervour with fairs and festivities taking place all over. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and Rama over Ravana and has a lot in store for young kids to learn from.
This festive season provides a wonderful opportunity to engage children in fun and educational activities that can help them understand the significance of Dussehra. At schools, many fun activities are conducted for young kids to learn about Dussehra.
Dussehra is the Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri. It falls after Durga Puja and marks the victory of lord Rama, Vishnu’s avatar over Ravana, a ten-headed demon king who abducted Rama’s wife, Sita. Days prior to the festival, Ramlilas are organised which detail the events of the battle against Ravana and how Rama triumphed.
It involves the burning of effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna, and his son Meghnad, which signifies the destruction of evil. During this festival, people seek the blessings of the divine and engage in cultural and social activities.
Carrying out certain Dussehra activities in school that involve young students in the celebration surrounding them would allow the young kids to think about the significance of this festival in-depth and celebrate it with renewed vibrancy.
JBM Smart Start is among the top schools in Greater Noida West that acknowledges the learnings that each festival has in store for kids and introduces many interactive activities in classrooms on special occasions.
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Here are 12 Dussehra activities for school that you can hold to brighten your celebrations. Take a peek.
Ramleela is a skit that depicts the epic, Ramayana. This can be organized in the class or to be performed in the assembly for everyone to see. In Ramleela, the main events of Ramayana are showcased and the whole story is narrated.
Students can audition for different roles and perform characters. This will have an immensely positive impact on the students who participate and the audience.
The story of Ramayana is well-known. Discuss it in the class and know how your students perceive it. Ask the students to write the events of Ramayana or regarding Dussehra in their own words and mention their learnings from it to narrate in front of the class for their classmates to listen to.
A festival celebration always calls for colorful decorations all around. Homes are decorated with Rangolis every year during the festival of Dussehra.
So, conduct an activity in which students draw small Rangolis in the classroom and corridors. They would select the design and colors of Rangoli and fill it in as a symbol of joyous victory of good.
Through this Dussehra activity for kindergarten, children will develop their motor skills and learn to recognise the different colors they come across.
Festivals are the days when everyone is dressed up in traditional attire. For the celebrations to be extra special in school, you can ask your students to dress up in the ethnic. This is a perfect Dussehra activity for kindergarten and other classes as it encompasses the spirit of celebration.
Ravana Dahan is among the most prominent customs of Dussehra. In this, fire arrows by Rama are shot at the jumbo-size effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna, and his son Meghnad to burn them and mark the victory of good.
You can conduct a similar activity in class by making a paper effigy of Ravana and asking kids to take a shot at it with darts as the symbol of the destruction of all the bad qualities.
Organise a puppet show for the kids to display the intriguing story of Ramayana. The epic is easier to explain through the puppets, the plot simpler to portray, and the impact it holds is lasting. This way you can teach the values that Ramayana emphasize on such as dedication, unity, unconditional love, and friendship with ease.
You can introduce the interesting project of creating Ranana effigy together. In this, you will ask the students to make Ravana’s face and paint it.
Students can create 10 faces of Ravana in the way they like and on finishing up, the faces will all be assembled together to form the effigy. This Dussehra activity will teach the kids teamwork and creativity.
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On Dussehra, people all over the country decorate their homes with fresh flowers of marigolds, hibiscus, rose petals, and more. Conduct an activity in school on similar grounds in which students make different kinds of Origami flowers.
Use some coloured paper and show them how paper on folding in various ways can take many forms and become different flowers.
Many Dussehra fairs are organised all over the city. You can organise a trip to one of the fairs or ask the students to visit with their parents.
It will be a lot of fun for them to see Ramlila being performed there, going on exciting rides, eating tasty snacks, and more. You can also pitch the idea of organising a Dussehra fair at school with simple rides and yummy snacks.
Dussehra is the festive time of the year when families unite, relatives and friends visit, an exchange of gifts happens and we feel the excitement of opening a nicely wrapped present.
So conduct an activity on Dussehra in class in which you teach the students about gift wrapping and help them learn how to wrap their gifts perfectly for their loved ones.
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During Dussehra, Kalash is used in Pujas. Ask students to bring a kalash and decorative materials from home and let the students creatively decorate their kalash in class. It will be a joyous moment for them to see their Kalash placed in the puja.
Let Dussehra be the theme of your bulletin board for the month and ask kids to bring in drawings, poems, stories, and more to adorn the board with Dussehra’s festive vibe. The kids will be excited and involved, feeling the best when they see their creative works displayed for everyone to see.
Carrying out different Dussehra activities in school will certainly make your Dussehra celebrations come alive. It will bring happiness and good luck while teaching many new things to the children.
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We celebrate Dussehra (Vijayadashmi) to commemorate the victory of lord Rama over Ravana, the demon king who abducted Sita. The festival reiterates that the victory of good over evil always prevails. It symbolizes the triumph of righteousness, reminding us that no matter how powerful evil may seem, it will eventually be conquered by the forces of good.
Dussehra can be celebrated in by conducting Dussehra activities such as Ramleela, traditional dances, ethnic dress up, Dussehra fair, puppet show, giving the classroom & bulletin a festive vibe, rangoli making, and more.