Fertile Grasslands, Butter-silk Flowers, Rich Pastures, Rolling Hills, Singing bees, Happy Meadows and Overflowing BarnsHarvest Season Festivals (Dance and Meals) at JPSBritish Council Activity (Classes 6 and 7)Coordinator Ms. Deepa Vij
Let’s witness the magic of harvest.
Watch the climbers wear earrings of green and purple beans.
The earth is cloaked in stalks of green sugarcane.
Her hair bounces in sweeping golden tresses of maize.
As the gusts of winds throw a party of blood maroon pomegranate,
The children jump to scoop out the ruby crystals of the fruit.
Treasures tumble out of the cracked peel…
Elsewhere mama nature splits orange, yellow and red fruit balls in pieces; Apples, pumpkins, jackfruit, oranges, lemons…
And they land the ground with a thud!
Matching the peach orange bowl of the sun!
Bulls and dogs romp around sniffing the sodden earth,
Painting their toenails in shades of brown and grey.
Look! They are happily kicking the cloud-balls of dust,
As the carts drawn by beasts, leave a smoky trail on the fields.
The elders have gathered for a picnic lunch
But wait! First they’ve got to bathe the bullock ploughs as a ‘rain charm ritual.’
They light the fire and certain enchantments escape their lips:-
‘Rain prosperity! Fill up your bosom ‘Mother Earth!’ Next season don’t leave us high and dry.
We light votive candles by our barns and granaries,
And throw sesame seeds in the corner bonfire.
We pray! Keep our breadbaskets filled forever. ’
All over the globe there’s something special about the harvest season. On this joyous occasion, sunlight smiles through the bands of fertile earth in saffrons, maroons and greens. You often wonder ‘has a maiden tossed her colourful scarves teasingly over the ‘waiting’ crusts of wild acres?!’
We at Jaycees undertook the project of British Council ‘Harvest Season Festivals’ with much ‘EMOTION’ as we wanted our students to cave into deeper and more spacious thoughts and reflections on the topic naturally.
The discipline of ‘Mother Nature’ lies in her ‘secret march.’ From bare leaf shorn autumn of September to the lavender of November spring and further onto the mustard of cool April; nature goes from a dry to colourful drill and leaves the earth exhilarated.
While a student is most happy talking about nature hikes, timely rains, filled apple carts, wreaths of ambrosial flowers, pictures of farmers with sythes and sickles, women tilling fields, deep colours of the groves and woods yet our duty as educators is to launch their ‘thought waves’ higher into the vault of heaven.
Here’s to the ‘ Ritual of Goodwill ’- Scrape two flints, swipe them afire: rub two palms, petition rain.
There’s much more our youngsters can do!!!
- Hope our young ones are the keepers of the good seeds for life. Their Shangrila (Inner Paradise) to be defined by -Think well! Act well! Do well! TWAWDW!!!
- How we wish there’d be a local food bank to which they could make voluntary contributions. However in absence of that, they can be inspired to share small meals with the poor on festive occasions and especially on World Food Day. That night they’d sleep relaxed, happy and easy on the thought that a poor child in turn somewhere is sleeping on a full stomach, thanks to their love.
- They’d be best utilized as agents of solving the climate crisis. Stopping greenhouse emissions of coal and petroleum gas, carbon dioxide and other gases.
- Changing their lifestyles and protecting the environment. Attending to calls for small but effective changes in personal habits.
- Silently offering prayers of gratitude for the farmers, before eating on their tables full with meals. ‘Dear God! Please drench the plowed ground with rain, soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops.’
- Being taught the benefits of organic farming. Focussing their energy and attention, listening to personal appeals of earth-savers. Doing something about it.
While the harvest buzz in our school these days has been about vines, apples, sweet cider, pomegranates, ears of corn, pumpkins, # harvest songs/dance/meals, speeches, scrap books, collages and files…
WOULDN’T IT BE FUN IF OUR STUDENTS WORKED ON CREATING A SELF SUSTAINING ECOSYSTEM IN THEIR SPARE TIME!?
Let’s take a look at our ‘Facebook Feed’ for this particular activity of January 2019.
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BRITISH COUNCIL ACTIVITY
Result of Scrap Book Contest on theme ‘Harvest Season Festivals.’
Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer’s year. It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.
The secret of life is to let every segment of it produce its own yield at its own pace. Every period has something new to teach us. The harvest of youth is achievement; the harvest of middle-age is perspective; the harvest of age is wisdom; the harvest of life is serenity.
Results of the Harvest Season Festival Scrap Book Contest
1st- First Group B (U.K.)
Sampurna, Priyanshu, Siddhi, Mariya, Rishabh, Kartik and Surbhi
2nd- Second Group A (U.K.) Parkhi, Anshika, Maya, Sanya, Kuldeep and Harshit
3rd -Third Group D (Russia) Divya, Soumya, Vanshika, Shaurya, Vaibhav and Kartik
Consolation- Group F (India)
Krishna Singh, Ashneet Kaur, Anshika Singh, Mohan Dhaka, Paras Tiwari, Bhoomi Dhaka.
Panel of Judges Ms. Ritu Sharma, Ms.
Pavitra Bisht, Ms. Anchal Chauhan, Ms. Kamaljeet Kaur and Ms. Kalpana Karnatak.
COORDINATOR Ms. Deepa Vij.
British Council Activity
Dance and Meals of Harvest Season Festivals
Classes 6 and 7
The stage of Jaycees was ablaze with colour today. Nestled
in the assembly platform was the culture of Uttarakhand and Punjab. Our
stage was resplendent with flower petals and leafy designs. Thanksgiving was
offered to nature by means of dance forms. The dance items were performed to
signify the end of winter and the beginning of spring. God’s blessings were
being sought for the harvest year.
The Pahadi Song ‘Bedu Paako Baro Maasa’ was choreographed by Ms. Harshita Kandpal and Ms. Pavitra. The participants in full swirls of colour- Anshika, Sampurna, Siddhi, Gunjan, Priyanka, Garima, Mahima, Bhoomi, Kiran.
The Punjabi Song ‘Sundar Mundarey’ – The choreographers Ms. Pavitra, Ms. Tajinder. The delightful dance troupe- Anushka Puri, Avneet Kaur, Ashneet Kaur, Riddhi Khurana, Bhumi Gumber, Nimisha Saxena, Sanya Dua, Garima Joshi.
The mid day celebrations consisted of groups of students singing harvest season songs of different states.
Our food fest saw the spread of ready to eat Indian and International harvest season meal entries. The tasty bites came from the lavish cuisine of different global destinations. The project was a gesture, an emotional outreach to the farming community of the world.
The spread- Carrots and Apples Nut Salad, Chopped Cashew Raisin Muffins, Tomato Noodle Chopsuey, Turnip and Corn Soup, Strawberry Cheese Cake, Biscuits and Nut Cake, Veggie Sandwich, Suji Vanda, Suji Malpua, Strawberry with coconut cream, Suji Pancake, Gur Ladoo and Popcorn, Gajak, Ganne Ras ki Kheer, Meethi lassi, Til ladoo, Dhokla, Gur Murmure, Meethe Chawal, Appe, Dhokla, Gulgule, GHUGHUTE, Khajure, Makke Roti Sarson Saag, Cucumber Raita, Badey, Makar Sankranti Spread and Aloo Puri.
British Council Activity
Special Assembly on Harvest Season Festivals
All of us plant seeds as life guides of the students entrusted to our care. We abide by faith and work on the deep understanding that through our daily efforts the harvest will come.
Celebrating the true spirit of the harvest season festivals the students of JPS dedicated the morning of 24th January 2019 to a Special Assembly for honouring ‘the soiled hands of farmers and their toil.’ The farmers who give us a plentiful harvest!
The harvest brigade was formed by classes 6 and 7. These were led by Ms. Kamaljeet, Ms. Shipra Sharma 1, Ms. Jyoti Mandhan, Ms. Vandana Dhoundiyal, Ms. Aanchal Chauhan, Ms. Harshita Kandpal, Ms. Pavitra Bisht, Ms. Reetu Sharma, Ms. Sunita Saxena, Ms. Seema Arora and Mr. Abhinav Ojha.
Spreading the seeds of encouragement the young anchors Gunjan Lohani (7c) and Ananya Vij(7d) began the proceedings very gracefully.
The standout performers on stage delivered their acts so beautifully that you could tell the great difference between knowing something and understanding it in greater detail. They filled everyone with a nice working grasp on the concept, origin and history centered around the word harvest. The word harvest comes from the old English word herfest which means pick or gather. The harvest festival is held on the harvest moon or full moon. According to the students the full form of ‘Harvest’ was- H for hoe, A for apples, R for rains, V for vegetables, E for earth, S for sprouts and T for thanksgiving.
Much was spoken about Punjab-the land of five rivers, Punjabi meals and dance. Ms. Gunjan recited a poem in Punjabi.
Makar Sankranti- ‘The rooftops become party zones, no gadgets, gizmos, no cellphones. Just sun and sky and mirth filled tones. The war begins as kites rise like clouds…to cut kites, a source of pride. By friendly rules all players abide. Skies don’t divide.’
The festivals covered were Baisakhi, Lohri, Basant Panchmi, Dusshera and Makar Sankranti.
Mentioned below are the names of students and their topics in the speech competition that was staged during the assembly.
Vanshika Bisht and Shaurya Saxena- Baisakhi- Class 7d.
Bhumika Vaishnav and Somya Goswami- Makar Sankranti- Class 7e.
Anant Pratap and Kartik – Basant Panchmi – Class 7b
Nimisha and Ashneet Kaur- Lohri-Class- 7f
Aditi Sharma and Palak Pande- Dusshera – Class 7c
Class 7a presented a ‘high on energy’
song befitting the theme.
At the end let’s go ‘wow!’ It’s the winners’ space@ Speech Competition…
First Nimisha Saxena – 7f
Second Ashneet Kaur—7f
Third @ a tie between Palak Pande 7c and Vanshika 7d.
Ha Jaycees Public School, Rudrapur added 14 new photos to the album Harvest Season Festivals—Activity ‘Scrapbook Making’.
Harvest Season Festivals—Activity
Teacher Guides – Ms. Pavitra Bisht, Ms. Ritu Sharma, Ms. Aanchal Chauhan and Ms. Amneet Kaur
Teacher Guests – Mr. Parvinder, Mr. Sandeep Vishnoi, Mr. Rajendra Pande, Mr. Kamal Bora and Mr. Manjinder
Jaycees Public School
Have you noticed the birds during
colourful seasons? Their feathers are very bright, their songs too sweet and
wild. They soar high so freely in the air, or if they are caged and as you open
the cage-door to feed them they somehow fly out past you. The earth in which we
live would be so much more drab and empty for the departure of birds, crops,
flowers, singing streams and in short for everything that stands for fertility
i.e. the harvest season festivals.
In this British Council Activity the countries assigned for a research on ‘dance and meals’ to different classes respectively were:-
7a- United Kingdom, 7b- United Kingdom, 7c-Russia, 7d-Russia, 7e-India and 7f-India.
Exquisite beauty and preciousness can be found in the harvest season celebrations around the world.
The children wrote poetically about harvest celebrations. India’s feature was ‘Nabanna’ which is celebrated with food and dance and music. During the celebrations of this festival in Bengal many local preparations of Bengali cuisine like ‘pithe’ are cooked and offered. The villagers and locals from both the major religious groups join the festival with equal participation.
The festival is celebrated by organizing a ‘mela’ which is called the ‘nabanna mela.’ Bengal’s time-honoured culture and heritage will be presented to you in forms of Baul song, Chhou-dance, Jatra, Tarja, and the Kobi-gaan.
A group of students covered the Ingush dance. The Ingush traditional musical culture has developed over the centuries as part of the general Caucasian musical culture. In the last two centuries, Ingushetia developed its own characteristic intonation features, rhythm, structure of the melody of musical works, and its own original musical instruments. Students took delight in covering the world-renowned folk ensemble Barynya which introduces the rich traditions and culture of pre-revolution Russia. Barynya is a form of Russian Music Song and Dance. In these presentation lively songs from Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma Gypsy, Tatar, and Siberian traditions are sung and played on traditional instruments like the ‘garmoshka’ (button accordion) and stringed ‘balalaika.’ Vivid costumes, athletic dances, and lighthearted humor enhance this memorable performance. Students made drawings of the thick and dense bread called the ‘Russian Round Loaf.’
Further the students made mention of Russian Music — Slovak Folk Singers and Polish Polka and traditional ‘Slavic Food and beverages.’
Hnourable mentions were also made of the Korovad dance and the Polish Harvest season festival of Dozynki. The scrapbooks prepared by the students were a true delight.
Jaycees Public School, Rudrapur added 67 new photos to the album BRITISH COUNCIL ACTIVITY(HARVEST SEASON FESTIVALS) — at JAYCEES PUBLIC SCHOOL, Rudrapur
BRITISH COUNCIL ACTIVITY DATED 19
HARVEST SEASON FESTIVALS
Classes Involved- 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e…
Teacher Guides- Ms. Ritu Sharma, Ms. Anchal Chauhan, Ms. Madhu Mahori and Ms. Pavitra Bisht
Photo Credits – Mr. Manish Khanijo and Mr. Anish Mohammad.
Coordinator- Ms. Deepa Vij
Activity – Collage Making and Assembling Article Files on the Harvest Season Festivals.
An ancient farmer (or even some modern
ones) wouldn’t need to look at a calendar to tell him when to plant, or read a
weather forecast to know when the rains and snows were coming. He would be an
expert in the planting and harvesting ritual. Crop-cutting would typically be a
time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance of yields families had at
the season of harvest. In the spiritual sense it was about learning the stories
of Osiris, Mithras, Dionysius, Odin and other deities who have died and then
been restored to life.
In today’s context we consider the harvest season a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hustle- bustle of everyday life. When our hearts and spirits are filled to overflowing!
Beauty, joy; fullness of life, harvest of the year’s desires, strength; laughter; power; prosperity, equality, balance, appreciation, harvest, protection, wealth, security, self-confidence and renewal. Despite the early morning traffic we still love to hear the call of the rooster in the early morning haze. The corn silently ripens in the field as the crows gather to claim their share. The scent of fresh ripe tomatoes fills the air in the kitchen. Gardens glisten in the morning sun. The bins are washed and dried to receive the bounty of cucumber, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, grapes, oranges and onions. We raise a toast to the fertility of the earth. May the nodding grain lose its seeds to be buried in the floor-bed of mother earth. Its rebirth is assured in the warmth of the coming spring.
Our Jaycees stars of the 6th standard prepared collages and wrote articles on the festivals of harvest around the world. India’s festivals covered were Lohari, Basant Panchmi and Makar Sankranti. The collages were of harvest time celebrations of China, India, France, USA, Japan, Canada, Russia and the United Kingdom.
JAYCEES PUBLIC SCHOOL BRITISH COUNCIL
HARVEST SEASON FESTIVALS DATED 19 January, 2019
Harvest Season Festivals (Cooking Contests)
There’s something that unites all of us, whether it’s a group of college students or a multicultural team of students, and that’s a passion for food. At Jaycees we give you the flavours of an international food store. We don’t emphasize elaborate dishes by our students but make sure they are hearty enough to serve as comforting ‘in betweens eats’ after a long day.
Chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. The flavors of the Jaycees kitchen tingle nicely all the way to your toes. A fun and engaging cook-off contest can be the perfect activity for a big student competition. Cooking competitions are no longer just about food; they are about groups of students (Jayceesians) going head to head in fun competitions, creating unique recipes, and having a lot of fun. Cook-off event means creating a story that helps you achieve your goals.
The themes are ‘juicy.’
• The number and facilitation of workstations(cook stations)
• Instructions on the use of equipment
• Appropriate clothing including headgear
• Ingredients that participants are allowed to use
• Guidelines for cooperation between participants/teams
• The timeline
• Presentation of dishes
• The proceedings of contest evaluation and the announcement of the results
British Council Activity Cooking
Dish Name Vegetable Kebab
Nishtha Balodi class 8 a
Nivedita Kandpal class 8 b
Isha Sharma, Ritika Rana and Nidhi Bala
Ekta Chauhan class 8 d
Ritika Bhandari class 8 e
Anvesha Rangeela and Himanshi Sharma class 8 f
Anchors cum presenters Isha and Ritika
Winners Team 2
British Council Activity Cooking
Dish Name Maggi Pakoda
Team 1 Class 6 a
Keshav, Saqib, Arisha, Pratiksha, Priyanka and Charu
Participant from class 6b Ashmita
Team 2 Class 6 c
Sana Raza, Aishwarya, Manisha, Akshuna
Participants from Class 6 d Jyotika, Sneha Sirohi, Manglam, Toufica
Winner Team 1
British Council Activity Cooking
Dish Name Maggi Pakoda
British Council Activity Cooking
Dish Name Nariyal ke Laddoo
Team 1 Class 7 a
Anshika, Parkhi, Kanupriya
Participants from Class 7 b Manmeet, Chahat and Manya
Participants from Class 7 c Gunjan and Divya
Team 2 Class 7 e Siddhie Pandey and
Participants from Class 7 e Anushka, Pragati and Garima
Participants from class 7 f Bhoomi, Pavandeep Kaur, Anshika and Prabhleen Kaur
Anchors cum Presenters Gunjan and
Winners Team 1