Chinese school children participate in pre-Diwali fest

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Beijing: Some Chinese school children here got an opportunity to learn about Indian tradition as they got together at a pre-Diwali bash that was organised by the Indian embassy.

A large number of students came in from various schools across Beijing. These students were introduced to Indian art form of making Rangoli. Some students went on to learn the draping of traditional Indian saree. Others showed interest in the art of applying ‘Hina’ on the palms.

The pre-Diwali get-together was organised by the Indian Embassy for the Chinese school children so as to familiarise them with the cultural spirit of the festival lights.

The Chinese children from various schools participated in the celebrations along with students of the Gurukul Academy that teaches Hindi.

Kavita Chhabra, spouse of India’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, spoke about the importance of the festival of Diwali. Kyoko Jaishankar, wife of Indian Ambassador to China, S Jaishankar, presented hampers of Indian sweets and story books to the school children.