Monday, September 5 was Teacher’s Day in India. Just as we have Mother’s Day in the U.S. in honor of our momma bears, similarly, students here celebrate Teacher’s Day. They brought everything from flowers to chocolates to small gifts for their teachers along with the most thoughtful and touching cards. It was a full day celebration at school, and I enjoyed every minute of it!
I got to school and was instantly surrounded by students and staff members all wishing me a ‘Happy Teacher’s Day!’ I was a little overwhelmed at first, but quickly got used to it. We spent our morning with the kids as usual (yoga, recitations, snack time) and then the principal called all the teachers into the staff room for a surprise. She had decorated the room with streamers and balloons and covered the center table with gifts for everyone. On top of that, she had organized a full naashta and chai for the staff. That means an assortment of snacks and tea… of course an Indian celebration wouldn’t be complete without tea!! Hahaha.
We carried on with our day, and when lunch rolled around, we had another surprise waiting: the PTA had organized their own celebration for the teachers which included a very thoughtful speech, gifts for each and every staff member, and fresh dosas for everyone! Dosas are a South Indian dish that is very popular throughout India. Think of it as a slightly crispy, savory crepe. Because North Indians like a little spicy kick in their food, we add a layer of masala on top of the dosa and almost always opt for dosas stuffed with Indian-style potatoes. Yum! But they are only enjoyed fresh. So the PTA hired a chef to come to the school with a portable kitchen and make our lunch to order. It was sooooooo delicious that we all ate like we’d never eaten before!
After lunch, we walked into the main hall where we found our final surprise. The hall was fully decorated, and the kids were waiting there for us! They had prepared some dances and songs which were absolutely phenomenal! Then the senior kiddos took over and made the teachers play some games they had organized. Too. Much. Fun.
Above is my favorite shot of the day: it’s the senior kids and their parents. Check out the girl in the front row yawning… priceless!!! She is one of my favorite girls at school because she is SUPER friendly! Her name’s Jyoti and whenever she sees me she says hello, smiles, and waves – love her!