Teaching Children To Respect Own Culture: Naicker
As important as it is to teach students about other cultures, what is happening at Labasa Multicultural Centre is about teaching children to respect and celebrate their own.
During the Holi celebration on Saturday, the centre’s administrator Prabha Naicker said teaching children about their own culture not only gave them the opportunity to respect themselves, but it also gave them a cultural base that they could take with them as they grew up.
“Children learn best when they see, hear and then they themselves put teachings into action,” Ms Naicker said.
“For this what the centre did was that we invited Qelewaqa Bal Ramayan group to recite popular musical genre so that children can hear.
“Then we had a guest speaker, a Labasa primary school teacher who spoke about the importance of celebrating Holi followed by playing of colours.
“The tradition of playing of colours on Holi draws its roots from a tradition of Krishna and Radha.
“It is said that young Krishna was jealous of Radha’s fair complexion since he himself was very dark.
“He narrated his woe to mother, Yashoda, who teasingly asked him to colour Radha’s face in which ever colour he wanted.
“In a mischievous mood, Krishna applied colour on Radha’s face.
“Thus, the tradition of applying colour on one another is being religiously followed to date.”
The Fiji Sun caught up with two best friends Sunidhi Prasad and Shyna Devi among the 201 students of the centre playing colours.
“We always look forward to Holi celebration because this is the only time we can tease our friends with colours,” 12-year-old Shyna of Tovata, Labasa said.
Two siblings Mahi Kumar and Sakshi Kumar dressed in same coloured attire were seen playing with powder.