For school students, November 14 is hands down the best day of the year. Free periods, fancy dress competitions, packets of toffees and sweets to gorge on and Chacha Nehru, these are the images that are associated with Children’s Day celebrations.
Over the years, one of the most looked-forward to events has always been the fancy dress competition, which sees children compete wearing innovative costumes.
But, have these traditions changed in today’s highly competitive environment with constant pressure to excel in the classroom, on the sports field, and at extra-curricular activities?
According to teachers, students still participate in school events with the same zeal. Usha KS, a primary school teacher working with Kendriya Vidyalaya, says, “Though we can see that children are hooked to technology, as a teacher I have observed that motivated parents play an important role on this day by dressing up their kids in the most innovative costumes possible.
A decade or two earlier, one could spot the kids dressed in routine costumes like Shaktiman, Nehru, Gandhi or even a princess or beggar. But now, with innovation at its highest, more than the students, we teachers are thrilled on Children’s Day to witness the new-age costumes.”
Rahul, a Class 2 student from Kendriya Vidyalaya says,” I went to watch Marvel’s Thor-Ragnarok last week and I have asked my parents to help me make that costume for the fancy dress parade at our school.”
Another kid, studying in Class 5 from the same school proudly boasts, “I am going as Sundar Pichai. Do you know who he is? He is the CEO of Google.” His mother laughs and says, “This is, by far, the easiest costumes that we have put together.
Few of my friends are planning on dressing up their kids as Virat Kohli and Mahendra Baahubali this year.” When we ask parents about the experience of this whole twist of fashion, Anandhi, a mother of two says, “Back in our time, we had a lot of fun with traditional roses, toffees and role-play completions. But, now I am enjoying myself even more, coming up with fresher and competitive ideas for my 7-year- old.” “Most of the working professionals don’t spend quality time with their kids. Occasions like this help create that bond between them,” she adds.
Tharani Srinivasan, the co-ordinator of Presidency school in Bangalore says, “The effort that the parents put into designing the costumes is exceptional.
Kids had come dressed as Padmanabhasamy, WhatsApp and even Narendra Modi, to name a few. I was astonished at the intricacies and detailing their costumes donned.”
Looking at the bright side; it is evident that the affinity towards creative costumes have opened doors to various innovative careers.
“Gone are those days when children wanted to become doctor or teacher, today’s children want to explore more in profession. Most of them want to be in creative and innovative career paths like blogging, music, acting, photography and journalism,” says Usha.
So, parents, buck up and get creative as we expect to see a whole lot of exciting new entries this year.