MECC students in Jenny Davis’ first grade "butterfly" class had a beautiful spring day for a little color play!
Davis taught her students about Holi this year and after the presentation, everyone went outside for “color play” using Holi powder. All the butterflies, Davis’ students, wore old clothes for the event and their parents gave permission for their children to participate in the festivities.
Holi is a festival that is celebrated on the day after the last full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (late February-early March). Primarily celebrated in India and Nepal, Holi celebrates the Hindu story of Prahlada and marks the arrival of spring - the season of hope, color, life, and joy. Color is an important aspect in the celebration of Holi, often referred to as the "Festival of Colors." On the second day of the festival, people throw colored powder on one another.
"We had so much fun learning about and celebrating Holi. For our Festival of Color, we each chose one "wish" for others and selected one color of Gulal to symbolize our "wish," shared Davis. "We shared our wish for the person as we applied our Gulal color on him/her."
MECC first graders delightedly relished getting doused with colors. Students squealed and giggled as they chased each other with the powder, but they also took the time to give thoughtful wishes to each other, and school friends.
"My wish for you is that you smile each day!" shared first grader Eva Shlahtechman.