In a liberal gesture of interfaith inclusivity, Prior Park Prep School in Cricklade, England, a Catholic/Christian school for children aged 3 to 13, reportedly celebrated Hindu “festival of colors” Holi on March 23.
According to reports, the pupils celebrated by throwing colored powder paint at each other and staff. Students in grades III to VIII also learned about the spiritual festival before participating in the color play.
It is noteworthy that the mission statement of this co-educational prep school, “which promotes a Catholic/Christian ethos” includes “to provide Christian education, specifically Catholic” and it aims “to lead the children towards a lasting belief in our Christian faith”. “Every Thursday the school comes together in a collective act of worship at Mass, in which all pupils take an active part.” Mark A. Pearce is the Headmaster.
Reacting to this heart warming piece of news, hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), commended Prior Park Prep School Cricklade for organizing Holi activities, calling it is a step in the positive direction.
Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that exposing pupils to major world religions and others viewpoint would make them well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens. It also made good business sense to know the beliefs of “others” in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of most sections of the society to become full and active participants.
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