This morning we celebrated Indian Republic Day as a middle school. Our goal was to deepen appreciation for India and celebrate the amazing diversity and gifts that India offers.
First, we clarified the difference between Independence Day (celebrated on August 16th) and Republic Day (celebrated on January 26th).
All throughout India, children participate in poetry competitions and drawing competitions for Republic Day to share their vision of a progressive and unified India. While students listened to beautiful Indian sitar/flute music and viewed images representing the diveristy and magic of India, we asked students to:
- Think of words and images that represent Republic Day and a peaceful, unified India to you.
- Capture those words or images on your flag.
- This could be poetry, pictures, symbols, small moments, powerful words….
Check out what students came up with in the slideshow below.