17TH APRIL, 2024 – RAMA NAVAMI

Lord Rama appeared on Earth many thousands of years ago during the Hindu age of Treta, on the ninth day of the waxing moon, in the Indian lunar calendar’s month of Chaitra (March-April).  Each year Hindus celebrate this day as Lord Rama’s birthday (or “appearance day”, since Rama does not actually take birth like a mortal being).  The Rama Navami puja rituals, chanting of Shri Rama, and other celebrations take place in the hours just before noon, reaching their peak at 12.00 noon, the moment of the Lord’s appearance.

Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy, Newark, Notts.

Hi Krishna

 

I would just like to thank you and Indri for the amazing Hindu workshops that Indri delivered.  The children loved them and enjoyed learning new things, they are still talking about it now.

Thank you once again and look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Regards,

Trish xx

25th OCTOBER, 2023 – DIWALI

Diwali, or Deepavali, commonly called the “Festival of Lights”, is a five day autumn festival celebrated by Hindus worldwide.  It is also honoured by Sikhs, and is of significance to Jain and Buddhist communities since it celebrates not only the triumphant return of Rama and Sita to their capital, Ayodhya, but many other events involving various other deities.  Diwali offers a great opportunity for you to bring your classroom alive with its breadth of rich, colourful culture. It is never too late to celebrate; we provide special Diwali sessions throughout October and November, even into early December!

Happy Diwali!

Narasingha Jayanti, 4th May 2023

This festival celebrates the appearance of  the fourth of the Dashavatars, the ten main incarnations of Lord Vishnu. He saved the devoted young boy Prahlada from his tyrannical father Hiranyakashipu and thus exemplifies compassion through assertive protection of the weak and vulnerable. The story is connected to the Holi festival and is retold on this day in dramatic fashion. Narasingha is mainly worshipped by Vaishnavas who seek His protection against all evil forces both internal and external.

Sunday, 24th March 2024-Holi

Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world.  Following Diwali, it is considered the second biggest festival on the Hindu calendar.  Holi is also known as the Festival of Colours due to the playful practice of throwing coloured powders over one another in the streets and open places.

The Holi festival is named after Holika, the aunt of Prince Prahlad, who unsuccessfully attempted to aid her wicked brother Hiranyakashipu by casting the little boy into the flames of a fire.   Students will enjoy discovering this story with its many twists and turns, and its timeless theme of celebrating child protection.

Holi is celebrated all over India, but the celebrations that take place in the region of Braj (near New Delhi), where Lord Krishna appeared and had his pastimes 5000 years ago, are cherished with most affection by many Hindus.

Bourneville Village Primary School, Birmingham

‘At BVP we had a fun-filled, informative and hands on workshop through Hindu Education Services! Both staff and children thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore artefacts and learn about a religion different to their own. Pupils from EYFS all the way to Year 6 learned about the festival of Diwali in an engaging and enthusiastic assembly. We will definitely be booking again!’

 

Kind regards,

Emily Connolly

Bournville Village Primary School

Isebrook School, Kettering

I can positively say that all students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the different sessions, from dancing, listening to stories, meditation and dressing up.  Students were able to talk about what they had learnt about the Hindu faith and the sensory immersion, of the activities, meant that all students were able to participate and learn. Thank you for a wonderful day.

 

Hazel Frostwick,

Assistant Headteacher,

Isebrook School 

 

Kirtlington CE Primary School, Oxfordshire

On Friday 14 October 2022, Kirtlington C of E Primary School enjoyed a day of Hindu Workshops provided by Hindu Education Services. It was a fun, educational and informative day and the host, Indri, was friendly, knowledgeable and very entertaining. The interactive workshops brought the children’s learning to life and they enjoyed dressing up, dancing and discovering more about Hinduism.  There was also the opportunity to buy a souvenir diva lamp to remember the day, which most children took advantage of.

Following the class workshops, Indri provided an informative and useful CPD twilight for staff, explaining misconceptions, answering queries and offering the opportunity to buy Hindu teaching resources.

Overall, it was an excellent day with an amazing selection of artefacts. Hindu Education Services were very professional responding quickly to queries and we would definitely use them again and recommend them.

Best wishes

Pat Vincent

Terling C of E Primary School

Hello Krishna

Thank you for your kind message about the recent workshop on Hinduism that Indri delivered.  It was a fantastic morning, not just for my Year 5 and 6s, but for the whole school.  Indri had everyone transfixed in the morning assembly with facts and stories from the Hindu faith.  He had great energy and established an immediate rapport with children and staff alike.

I would thoroughly recommend your services to other schools.

With thanks and best wishes.

Julia Bacon

Year 5/6 Class Teacher

Coleshill Heath School, Birmingham

Hi,

I just wanted to say a bit thank you to Indri for delivering three excellent sessions to our Year 3 children.  The children really did find the sessions engaging and really interesting and Indri’s lovely fun personality ensured that the children really enjoyed every minute of the session.

Thank you so much also for the excellent planning and correspondence prior to the morning.  We really appreciate it.

Take care and thanks again

Deborah Hall