FUN and laughter filled the air at SK Pykett Methodist in Penang, as the pupils, all dressed up in traditional costumes, eagerly participated in various games including Deepavali card-making.
The pupils from various races took part in the celebration that clearly embodied the 1Malaysia spirit.
School senior assistant (administration) Patrick Charles said the school also organised a rangoli kolam-making competition for the boys this year.
“We carry out such activities during the festive season to cultivate respect and understanding among the pupils regardless of their race.
“We hope it will also nurture the 1Malaysia spirit among the pupils,” he said when met at the school in Lebuhraya Pykett on Friday.
He added that each time the school organised programmes during the festive season, the boys would indulge in it wholeheartedly.
S. Dharvin, nine, said he looked forward to celebrating Deepavali every year.
“I get to wear new clothes, eat delicious food and more importantly, receive pocket money from my relatives and neighbours,” he said.
Also present was Penang Hindu Association deputy president P. Murugiah.
“Young children will mix with everyone regardless of race or background.
“This kind of cultural activity in schools will teach our pupils to understand other races’ culture better and respect each other,” he said.
He urged the Government to should consider celebrating all major festival in schools to promote cultural diversity.