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4 Ways how My 5 year old Celebrated Republic Day

posted by Anupriya 9 Comments

My earliest memories of Republic Day are waking up and jumping infront of the television to watch the Republic Day parade. At that age, I was more excited about the tableaux from various states and the cultural performances. A few years later, we participated in the school parade and witnessed the flag hoisting ceremony by our principal. The significance of Republic Day came in much later when we academically understood the meaning of the ‘The Republic of India’ and ‘Constitution’.

When I came across this prompt, I wondered that what I could tell my 5 year old, to mark the significance of the day. He is too young to understand the concept of ‘Constitution’ and ‘Republic’, yet I definitely wished to make him realize that this was a day as significant or rather more than other festivals that we celebrate actively. I raked my mind for things to do with my son but could not really come up with anything of significance. But as the day progressed, it turned out that my son and I were automatically tuned into the patriotic spirit. Here’s what we did –

Stand Up to the National Anthem

Nik like every student is used to the national anthem in school, but I made a conscious effort to play and sing the national anthem even at home. He obviously asked me that why I was playing the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ song at home today. I told him 🙂

Watched the Parade on Television with Him

This year I was keen on watching the Republic Day parade after several years. Reason that I had pulled Nik out of the bed and put him infront of the Television for him to watch the parade. To my delight, he was really excited on watching the various armed forces. He wanted to understand the difference between the Army, Air Force and Navy. It goes without saying that he enjoyed the tableaux.

Draw and Color the National Flag

Nik’s cousin who goes to playschool received a paper national flag in her school. Nik saw the same and was immediately keen on drawing one. So we got to the job and colored our way to make a national flag.

Story Telling

I have come to believe that story telling is an omnipresent rescuer.  I spent some time telling Nik about how we were a child country and did not know how to do our work. So to tell everyone about how work is to be done and who should do what, a book was written. On Republic Day, we celebrate the buying of that book.

I know this is only a remotely related description of a much larger and wider subject. But I thought, for starters it’d be good to go and do enough to instill some sense of purpose to the school holiday named ‘Republic Day’.

I am linking this post to #MondayMommyMoments by Amrita and Deepa

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9 Comments

Khushboo January 30, 2018 at 8:45 am

These are some very good ideas. I always wondered how do you instill these thoughts and values in your child or make them understand the significance of the day. You have given me some great ideas to use with my baby girl and my nephew and nieces too

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Neha Tambe January 31, 2018 at 1:17 pm

These are good ideas! We did see the parade and attended the society flag hoisting! My kids made a collage of national flag

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Sapna Krishnan January 31, 2018 at 9:23 pm

Such a feel good post. Even I try to explain concepts to my daughter through stories. Helps them understand better.

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Salma Mehajabeen January 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Such cute ideas. We heard stories and tried to colour the national animal, bird and flower

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Priya January 31, 2018 at 11:40 pm

Such awesome ways to introduce children o nation symbols and the significance of national holidays like Republic Day.

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Deepa February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

These are some great ways to raise a patriotic child. Watching the parade used be the most fun part of Republic day. Thanks for linking up with #MMM

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Kamana@SocialandStyle February 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Love the ways to celebrate – especially the story telling. So important to share our heritage with our family!

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Roopika February 1, 2018 at 4:28 pm

I have been following your blog for some time now and love the way you are putting so much effort in building a strong foundation for your child in terms of values, skills and knowledge.

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