Learning true meaning of Deepavali


SMJK Jit Sin students dressed in colourful Indian traditional outfits seen putting the final touches on the peacock

SMJK Jit Sin’s teachers and students had a wonderful time celebrating the Festival of Lights at their school basketball court.

The court was filled with colour and fun as female teachers came dressed in bright, vibrant sarees and salwar kameez while the male teachers wore kurtas.

SMJK Jit Sin students dressed in Indian attire performing the lively kolattam during the Festive of Lights celebration at the school.
SMJK Jit Sin students dressed in Indian attire performing the lively kolattam during the Festive of Lights celebration at the school.

The female students did not want to be left out as they too turned up in brightly coloured pattu pavadai, sarees and Punjabi suits.

The Deepavali event kicked off with the lighting of the ‘kuttu villaku’ by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim, who is also the Bukit Mertajam MP.

School principal Lim Thiam Aun said the school celebrates all major festivals to instil the Malaysian spirit and values, and to create mutual understanding and respect among students of different races.

(Top) Teachers and guests enjoying briyani served on banana leaf after the celebration. (Left) A dancer performing an Indian classical dance during the celebration.
Teachers and guests enjoying briyani served on banana leaf after the celebration.

Event organising committee chairman S. Gunalan said the students put in effort to prepare elaborate performances to entertain their schoolmates and provide a glimpse into the Indian culture.

The students also put on a bharatanatyam dance performance and kollatam which was followed by a fashion show. Students and teachers also enjoyed the different kinds of Indian apparels modelled during the fashion show.

Dancer performing the indian classical dance at the SMJK Jit Sin deepavali celebration. Starpic by: CHIN CHENG YEANG/The star/16 November 2018
A dancer performing an Indian classical dance during the celebration.

The celebration came to an end with students and teachers enjoying the vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch such as briyani served on banana leaf.

Gunalan added that the students often learnt about festivals in books or other media and such functions would provide them the opportunity to personally take part in the celebration and learn of their true meanings.

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