December-January were busy months at Swapanopuran Welfare Society’s schools. The crisp wintry season with its cloudless blue skies and bright sunshine contributed greatly to all the activities and festivities that mark this auspicious time.
The last memorable event before bidding adieu to Year 2021 was Christmas. It was celebrated with great joy in the main school of Swapnopuran Shiksha Niketan in Hingalganj. Classrooms were decorated with bright festoons and balloons, all the students dressed in bright red dresses and participated with enthusiasm in the merriment. We even had a Santa Claus in this remote island in the Sunderbans region of North 24 Parganas!
Makar Sankranti, the auspicious festival celebrated on 14th January, marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of new harvest season in India. The festival is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. On this occasion, 70 elderly ladies were distributed blankets by SWS, thanks to the generous support extended by Ayush Sarda, Founder of NGO – EK PACKET UMEED.
India celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on January 23, 2022. Born on January 23, 1897, Netaji played a crucial role in India’s freedom movement. Bose’s birth anniversary is also marked as “Parakram Diwas” (Courage Day). SSN organised celebrations commemorating this day in the best possible manner, mindful of the prevailing pandemic concerns. A documentary film on the life of Netaji was screened and our students paid tribute by singing patriotic songs.
Soon after Netaji Jayanti, we had the 73rd Republic Day celebrations on 26th January 2022. The students and teachers of SSN honoured the event with a flag hoisting ceremony. Coached by the teachers, our students of Sahebkhali branch – a remote village located in Hingalganj – performed a beautiful dance-drama.
Respecting COVID protocols, the Republic Day celebrations by the pre-primary section of the main branch of Swapnopuron Shiksha Niketan (at Jora Bottola) was innovatively conducted virtually. Students made imaginative colorful representations of the Indian National Flag and shared pictures. Despite the challenges, the enthusiasm displayed was remarkable.
Samshernagar is a small village the Rai Mongol River, located at the extreme edge of the India-Bangladesh border in WB. Our fourth community library was naugurated at Samshernagar on Republic Day, in collaboration with Kolkata Ramkrishna Mission World Wide Alumni Association and Chhaya Prakashani. It was heartening to see the interest in this initiative by the community. Nearly 150 children participated and submitted forms to get their library card.