23 November 2018 Gyan Sahay   | News | Whole School  
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On the 9th of November 2018, Homebush Boys and Strathfield Girls collaborated to create a unique and colourful dance item to perform in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

For the first time, interested students from both schools were given an opportunity to rehearse and perform a dance medley in the front of our school assembly. It was quite a daunting process. However, over time the fear of performing in front of a large audience faded and was replaced with feelings of pride and accomplishment, as all of the boys; learned the dance in and out every Monday and Friday for more than two months. The girls at SGHS helped us learn the dances which they choreographed based on our skills. Ms Sarkar, Ms Singh and Ms Sahay were a large part of the driving forces that made the event possible and they took time out of their busy schedule to help us.

The day of everything the actual performance was exhilarating; the music, dance and the costumes. Neeraj Mirashi’s gave a wonderful speech on the significance of this day in the Hindu calendar. A big part of the day was to get everyone together to enjoy a communal celebration of Diwali when virtue triumphs over evil. It was quite a change to see many members of the Staff dress up in Indian costumes. We even had a Dhol player! Many of us felt proud that our Indian attire was liked and admired by so many students and teachers from different backgrounds.

For lunch, the teachers were treated to a huge range of dishes from all parts of India and abroad. The boys in the dance group helped to set up the common room for lunch and were also invited to the lunch. To create more of a traditional feel, a students performed on tabla and was accompanied by another playing melodic keyboard tunes.The day would not have gone so well without the efforts of everyone in the hospitality department who helped warm  the  food, that required warming.

All the hard work of every single individual paid off. We had great fun in rehearsing the dance item and making new friends along the way. The experience was intrins and unforgettable. All of us hope to top this for next year. Stay tuned!
By Lakshaya Kaushik and Ms Sahay 

One of the most significant festivals in Indian Culture HAS to be Diwali. Diwali is known as the festival of lights as I’m sure many of you boys may already know. Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance”. During this time in India, temples, homes, shops and office building are all brightly illuminated. The festival of Diwali could be comparable to that of Christmas here in Australia. Families and friends come together and share sweets and gifts.

Diwali is also a time for contemplation and self-reflection. When we light the traditional, Diya, we acknowledge the victory of light over darkness. And in doing so, we recognise our moral obligations as human beings. We recognise the importance of treating everyone the way you want to be treated. We recognise the importance of giving to those who are less fortunate than us. As a multicultural school, I believe that we can all embrace this festival.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and students of both our school and Strathfield Girls High School who have devoted their time and effort in putting a dance performance for us here today. This medley incorporates some traditional and Bollywood dancing elements. So here we go… and happy Diwali guys.
By Neeraj Mirashi, Year 11