As usual like all other Hindu Festivals, Christmas was celebrated with all its fervour and gaiety. The whole Ashram Community gathered in the Auditorium. Rev. Father Vicent Amalraj, HeadMaster, St. Mary’s Hr. Sec. School, Madurai, was the chief guest and he graced the occasion with his illuminating special message on the eve, through interesting stories.
Mrs.R.Rajeswari, Head Mistress, Hr.Sec.School, welcomed the gathering and brought to the notice of the audience, how the Ashram celebrates earnestly all the religious festivals irrespective of the religion.
Then our students sang Carol song praising and praying the “All Mighty”. It was followed by the special Address by Rev. Father Amalraj. In his message, he appealed to the audience to love thy neighbours as thyself. He also emphasized that “Service to the poor is service to God Himself.
Next, entered on the stage, Santa Claus, popularly known as “Chirstmas Thatha” amidst the roaring cheers from the children. Mr.Mariappan, our Primary School Teacher was a perfect man to enact this role. Clad in the usual costume of a Santa Claus, with a long white beard and a funny cap, his tumbled walk roused ripples of laughter. Every one applauded his every gesture and word. He narrated his tale as if he was coming from Heaven the abode of God and enroute he visited America met George Bush and Obama; Britain ,Japan, Pakistan and finally he has come to India. After meeting Manmohan Singh in Delhi, he is now in the famous Ashram to meet and wish Merry Chirstmas and Happy New year to our Ashramites. He blessed the students for their good achievements and bright future. He assured them that he is there with them, as a messenger of God, to assist them and guide them in their daily activities.
Finally our Primary School students staged a drama ”BIRTH OF JESUS” which included the episodes of Miracles of Jesus. Tiny tots in their roles as Mother Mary, Joseph and even cattle were all enchanting.
Mrs. Vasantha, Primary School Headmistress, proposed vote of thanks. With the lighted candles, twinkling stars, colorful X-Mas tree and floating balloons spreading the message of love and peace, the function came to an end after singing the National Anthem.
AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES BY OUR HR. SEC. STUDENTS
The efforts of our higher secondary students have started yielding fruits after they started the cultivation activities in our Ashram lands. Paddy, Corn & Sweetcorn cultivations can be seen in the following pictures.
Cultivation by Ashram Students