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R-Day celebrated with gusto at Bal Vihar

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ST LOUIS, MO — Bal Vihar of St. Louis celebrated India’s 69th Republic Day with great enthusiasm on January 28 at Ladue Middle School in Ladue, MO.

The event was witnessed by St. Louis community special guests from diverse background and culture symbolizing ‘Unity In Diversity’.

Students of different age groups showcased India’s states, their culture, diversity, lifestyle and food. This benefits the students greatly as they learn more about their own culture and heritage.

The youngest students from grade K and 1st focused on spending more time at each of the booth to learn what their older counterparts had researched and put up for display. Grades 2 through 5 focused on 6 different states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

The focus was on various tourism: Cultural, Religious and Adventure. Additional focus was on Nature & Health and Culinary. It was amazing to see the in-depth research that these students had done to extract very valuable information.

All the booths were well decorated with lot of artefacts for display. All the booths also had food sample from the region/state that they had put up for display. The students were dressed up in regional/local attire from various parts of India.

Booths of older students in grade 6 and 7 were based on themes that covered the entire country. One such theme was around Harvest Festivals.

Bal Vihar of St. Louis—also called Center for Indian Cultural Education–a non-profit organization, has been serving the Metro St. Louis Indian community since its inception in 1992. The primary focus of this organization is to provide Indian cultural education to students age 5-18, its application and integration with the global multicultural and multifaceted society.

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