Mangaluru: A silent peace march of students clad in white T-shirts holding messages of “Peace” trodding along Airport road from Mount Carmel Central School to Padavinangady junction, along with their parents, staff and principal drew the attention of the public, who spontaneously flocked to the venue of the street play enacted by the students.
The group of students passed on the message of peace to the public in song, dance and verse interspersed with music through their street play performed at Padavinangady here.
Later, Mr. Kuncheria, Professor of Commerce, Govt. Degree College, Kavoor spoke on the need of living in peace and harmony. Mrs. Revathi, senior teacher of Govt. Pry. School said that peace is within us and it is our responsibility to maintain and spread it across. Despite sun being at its zenith, the people here were engrossed in the street play and expressed their urge to be united for the cause of peace.
National Peace Day was strengthened by a celebration in the school with great fervour and enthusiasm. It was hosted by class V C & D for the seniors and class I D & E for the juniors. The Guests of honour for seniors – Sandeep D’souza, P.T.A. Vice President and Joint secretary Gloria Veigas – were accorded a floral welcome. The programme commenced with a Sarva Dharma Prayer, praying for peace and harmony. Human beings longing for peace amidst violence and hatred were highlighted through a dance, skit and mime show. During the programme they upheld persons like Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela all of who worked towards a peaceful society.
The students of the juniors of class I D & E strengthened the celebration by a meaningful programme for which the guests were Dr.’s Alfred and Padmini Farias, who were welcomed with words of affection coupled with welcome dance. Students danced on the theme “Peace” gracefully. The take away message “Peace” was depicted on the true incident of August 6 1945, a war that blinded the conscience of two leaders the super powers U.S.A. and Japan.
The finale song “One world” was a soul stirring sight where the students, guests and teachers walked up to the stage with the logo “Dove” and sashayed to the tune peacefully, gracefully and unitedly spreading PEACE PEACE PEACE.
The guest Dr. Alfred Farias congratulated the students for their confidence. He cited that peace day be celebrated not only today but everyday through the virtues of love, respect and responsibility.
Finally, a one minute silence was observed at 11 am in remembrance of the father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhiji, the greatest icon of non-violence, and fondly called as Bapuji in commemoration of his death anniversary.