The Indian holiday Holi is a spring festival, also known as the "festival of colors." The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and a time to play.
The date of Holi shifts annually, and this year it fell on March 12 and 13. GFS Parent Geeta Simons thought that Holi would be a great holiday to share with the wider GFS community, and she worked with both Multicultural Affairs director Mirangela Buggs and our Art Department to bring Holi to GFS.
Geeta says, "I feel that the climate in our country right now makes it all the more important that we become aware of and celebrate each others' heritages and differences; as we are a country composed mostly of immigrants. And since it's a holiday where bright colors are at the center of the festivity, I wanted to involve the Art Department."
Working with Kindergarteners and first graders, teachers Heather Chu Marvill and Lili Sharpless coordinated with Geeta on a colorful art project: dyed fabric bags decorated using wooden block prints that are used to embellish Indian textiles.
First, the kids colored their fabric bags by spraying them with fabric dye.
After the dye was set, they were able to use the wooden block prints to stamp designs of elephants, flowers, and other decorative shapes onto their bags.
Want to learn more about Holi? Pop into the Friends Free Library when you're on campus and see the special arrangement of kids' books on display.