Pune: For elders, Diwali is the season of diyas and to exchange gifts, but children look at it in a different way. They are attracted more to the colourful lanterns and diyas.
Marking this as an opportunity, Sakal YRI Young Buzz conducted a lantern-making workshop for children on October 28 at ten centres.
This workshop was conducted with thousands of students at Novel International School of Sambhaji Nagar, Abhishek International School in Moshi, Path-shaala Pre-school in Rahatani, Path-shaala Pre-school in Baner, CM International School in Balewadi, Sunshine Pre-Primary School in Dhankawadi, Pune Central Mall on Karve Road, Ganeshkhind Road and at Amanora Mall and Phoenix Market City.
The workshop was arranged with the aim of making lanterns in an eco-friendly way.
File board paper, fluorescent paper, kite paper, cloth ribbon and threads were used for making the lanterns.
The sponsors of the workshop were Sunday Science School, Phoenix Market City and Central Mall.
Chetan Pansare and Snehal Kulkarni of Strokes Foundation conducted the workshop. Certificates were given to the students who had participated in the workshop.
Principal of CM International School Dr Rupali Dhamdhere said, “Diwali symbolises light and light symbolises the lantern and the triumph of good over evil. This is the need of the hour, where we need to introduce our children to the culture and tradition and connect it with our present, taking care of the future and keeping alive our tradition of making lanterns as well as keeping the environment in mind.”
Principal of Novel International School Dr Kanchan Deshpande said, “The lantern-making workshop was a perfect combination of Indian culture and creativity. Usage of eco-friendly material was a cherry on the cake. This activity conducted by Sakal inculcates values among students.”
Sunshine Pre-primary School Principal Sukanya Jagtap said, “One lantern brightens the entire house and so does one good student. Self-made paper lanterns made by students contribute to a green Diwali.”
Aboli Ruikar of Path-shaala Pre-school in Baner, said, “The lantern-making workshop organised by Sakal was very creative. Both kids and parents thoroughly enjoyed it. Such a kind of workshop gives an insight into making things from scratch.”