Toddlers in Kerala initiated to world of letters

published on September 28, 2009

Thiruvananthapuram : Thousands of children were initiated into the world of letters toy as Kerala celebrated the Vidyarambham (beginning of education) ritual across the state on the occasion of Vijayadashami. Elders held the hands of small children and helped them write their first alphabets in.

Litterateurs, teachers, bureaucrats and politicians were among those who helped the children write their first letters. They also ‘wrote’ a word on every child’s tongue with a gold ring.

The various Vidyarambham functions were organised by temples, cultural organisations, clubs and media organisations. The programmes at many places started early in the morning and large number of children with their parents were seen at these centres.

Christians and Muslims cutting across cast barriers also joined Hindus in the celebration as many churches organised the ceremony for children in their community.

The church also issued certificates for children who attended the ceremony.

The major function in the state was held in Tirur in Malappuram district – the birthplace of the father of Malayalam literature Thunchathu Ezuthachan. About 5,000 children were initiated into the world of learning by a team of prominent personalities.

Temples across the state witnessed heavy rush as devotees in large numbers came for prayers on Vijayadashami day.

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