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Martyrs’ Day observed at Mount Carmel Central School, Mangaluru

January 30, 2024

Mangaluru: Mount Carmel Central School, Mangaluru, observed Martyrs’ Day on January 30, 2024, as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhiji, the Father of the Nation, who was assassinated on this day in 1948. The students of Grades V, B, and VI E paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhiji and to all the freedom fighters, unsung heroes, and soldiers who have laid down their lives for the freedom of our country.

The programme commenced with a prayer service that focused on inner peace. The portrait of Mahatma Gandhiji was adorned with a flower garland by the dignitaries. The welcome dance enlivened the audience, followed by the welcome speech by Eva and Anish and the significance of the day by Saanvi and Ishani. The importance of the freedom fighters, the unsung heroes, and the soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of our country was portrayed through a dance drama. The ideologies and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhiji on non-violence and peace were also focused on through this act.

Tr. Leena Jose, the day’s chief guest, spoke about her father’s experience as an ex-army personnel. Though there were many difficulties and hardships, her father, at a very young age, realised that peace can give courage, foster strength and positivity, and surpass all anxieties and fears. She emphasised the beliefs of Mahatma Gandhiji and how Gandhian principles have influenced many across the globe. She shared four tips on how to restore peace at home, at school, and in our surroundings. She concluded her message by saying that with conscious minds, all can become ambassadors of peace. A one-minute silence was observed, and bugles were blown to honour all the martyrs of our country. Maanya Aithal proposed the vote of thanks.

The programme hosted by the students of grade I B and C for the primary section was a harmonious and enlightening event, showcasing the spirit of unity and tranquility. The event unfolded by observing silence at 11 a.m. sharp for two minutes, with due solemnity, paying homage to the martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.

The prayer session marked the beginning of the event, followed by a prayer dance, setting the tone for the day. Ananya extended a warm welcome to the gathering, and Aiden and Aavni elucidated the significance of the day, providing a thoughtful perspective on the quest for harmony. The students performed a thought-provoking skit and a captivating dance performance, shedding light on the beauty of diversity and unity.

The celebration was graced by the esteemed presence of the Chief Guest, Sir Ajay Pais, Physics lecturer of the school, who delivered an inspiring message, urging everyone to contribute towards building a peaceful world. The school administrator, Sr. Carissima, and parents were also in attendance for the event. Yuvansh, Michelle, and Kezia emceed the programme. Manvitha expressed gratitude, acknowledging the collective efforts that made the event a success.

As both celebrations concluded, it left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of the children, reinforcing the school’s commitment to promoting peace and harmony.