Cultural Events 2020
FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATIONS 2020
To mark the completion of 13 years of the PARAS INDIA NGO on the 24th of August, 2020, a series of activities were organised across our regional centres. Our community workers along with the children and associated beneficiaries took part in the 13th-anniversary celebrations. Norms of social distancing and sanitation were followed during the course of the celebrations. Various fun activities
including cultural performances, quiz, games were held on the occasion.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS 2020
Every year, Independence Day is celebrated with grandeur, fervour and enthusiasm at PARAS. This year also, Independence Day was celebrated in a manner befitting the occasion. In view of the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, we organized various programmes or activities for the Independence Day celebrations, it was imperative to follow certain preventive measures such as maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, proper sanitization and avoiding large congregations.
The day included unfurling of the National Flag accompanied by playing of the National Anthem and rallies across the neighborhood by children and communities. Children recited messages from freedom fighters and made drawings on the 74th Independence day.
RAKSHA BANDHAN CELEBRATIONS 2020 AT PARAS
Raksha Bandhan is the celebration where sisters tie Rakhi thread on the wrist of their brothers and exchange vow of protection. However, with time it has come to be celebrated among siblings where sisters would also tie rakhi to each other. This year too PARAS celebrated this festival of togetherness from home.Children made Rakhi by themselves at home from old material. They also wrote about their favourite memories of their siblings and shared with each other. They tied Rakhi and gave handmade cards to their brothers and sisters.
ECO-FRIENDLY HOLI CELEBRATIONS AT PARAS INDIA
Using the festival of colours to brighten up the lives of kids, PARAS INDIA organized Holi Celebrations among the communities across its regional centres. The kids got a chance to express their thoughts and feelings on canvas, by medium of a set of crayons to the kids as they painted a smorgasbord of colours and images depicting what Holi means to them.
Our annual Holi celebrations are not just a cultural festival but a reminder to lead sustainable lives in our capacity. PARAS has always emphasized the need for changing our lifestyles in accordance with the changing climatic needs. We, therefore, promote eco-friendly Holi celebrations using organic colours, saving waters and awaring people about the harmful use of synthetic colours on the animals. We took the pledge of a happy and safe Holi.
PARAS INDIA celebrated the International Women’s Day with the inmates in the Tihar Jail no. 6 . It has been our constant effort to make entertainment full of information. Therefore, we utilised this opportunity to conduct a Mental Health workshop and a Menstrual Hygiene Management seminar on the occasion . The event began with a welcome dance. Cultural events too were successfully concluded at the Tihar Jail No. 6 on the 8th of March, 2020. The event had a drawing competition being organised on the theme of mental health, air pollution and sensitive issues like Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao. This acted as a stress buster for the inmates and allowed them to use the canvas and bring out their creativity . The mental health workshop was conducted to normalize seeking help for counselling sessions conducted by PARAS. The workshop included various fun activities activating the right and left side of the brain.
There were a series of programs including group dances, soulful singing, comedy acts etc all performed by the inmates. The nukkad natak team of PARAS INDIA performed nataks on themes of mental health and education. It compelled everyone in the audience to give a thought to the education of girl children. The most impressive part of the event was the quiz competition organized by PARAS . Questions related to General Knowledge were asked by our team. The event concluded with the winner announcement and prize distribution from Mr. Rajesh Chopra, the Chief Guest, DIG, Tihar Headquarters. The event would be etched in the memory of the audience forever.
71st Republic Day Celebrations at PARAS INDIA
The 71st Republic Day was celebrated in all its solemnity and grandeur at PARAS INDIA’s community centers on the 26th of January 2020. The celebrations began with a parade and hoisting the national flag by the Chief Guest. Spellbinding dance performance by the students made all bow in allegiance to the brave freedom fighters who laid their lives for the motherland. Kids from the community enthralled everyone with their inspiring messages and speeches emphasising the importance of Republic and free India. A quiz was also conducted in the respective centers to make the event a total package including information and entertainment.
The Chief Guest in his address highlighted the significance of the day, and made the children aware that the future of their country lies in their hands. The event included a beautiful folk dances from various states like Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. The surroundings echoed with patriotic fervour as the children danced to the tunes of patriotism, enacted skits and impactful mono acts, sang patriotic songs and even wore tri-coloured clothes to mark the occasion.
The event concluded with sweets distribution to mark the day. It is PARAS INDIA’s constant efforts to give platform to those children who are deprived of it due to lack of their social locations.