Everyone was busy running around. This Friday we were going to have a Diwali party in school!! There was going to be a competition seeing which class would be decorated the best. We started deciding with our class teacher a week ahead. We took many periods in deciding what each child would bring, the colour combinations, the food, the amount of decorations, etc. Everyone was excited about Friday!!!
Finally, the day came. Everyone was dressed prettily in their traditional clothes. The judges would come at 12 o’ clock. We had a lot of time to start decorating our class. We started by putting marigold petals on our windowsills and then we put small, pretty diyas on them. It looked very good. A few girls were making a small rangoli just outside the classroom door and some were putting up wooden hangings on the walls. While they were doing this, others started arranging dolls in a corner. This was an amazing idea as it was the first thing that brought one’s attention when you entered the class. There was an array of dolls put together in a great way. There were dolls of goddesses too and a picture of goddess Lakshmi was put in another corner with aggarbatis in front. In another place, we put a glass bowl filled with water. We put petals into it and then floated some scented candles in the bowl. We finished all this long before time. We had arranged our benches on one side of the classroom the day before, so everyone sat on them, careful not to disturb anything. The benches were covered with bandini cloth, and delicious plates of food and sweets were kept on them.
At the last moment, we realised that the middle of the class looked very empty. So some girls quickly started putting a big rangoli in the middle of the class. It was done so beautifully that we couldn’t believe that they had done it so fast! Usually it would take a lot of time to do what they had done in just 10-15 minutes!!!
The judges soon walked in. All...