Thursday, September 23

Kolkata connects with seniors on Grandparents’ Day

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Right from the churches to schools and NGOs, the rhetoric on Sunday veered around Grandparents Day. The second Sunday of September is traditionally dedicated to grandparents to spread awareness among families and the youth to cheer the senior members of the family and shake them out of their loneliness.
Messages were sent out to parishes by the Church of North India and the Roman Catholic Church to remind the parishioners about their responsibilities towards the elderly. School e-notice boards were full of loving messages from grandchildren on Sunday and programmes are lined up from Monday till the end of the month to bring in grandparents to the online classes for celebrations dedicated to them. Many schools are also sending gifts to grandparents.
Schools like DPS Newtown, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, The Heritage and St Augustine’s Day School, Shyamnagar, have lined up programs from Monday. Songs, dances, plays and messages have been rehearsed for live streaming. At DPS Newtown, right from nursery onwards children will perform for grandparents, telling them how special they are in every milestone that they have reached so far. “We are making children dress up as grandchildren and grandparents in plays that have special messages for the seniors. We are looking forward to their reactions,” said Rai Mukhopadhyay, headmistress of the school.

The Heritage and Lakshmipat Singhania Academy have events lined up later this month. Some community initiatives, focussed towards the elderly, like Aarambh, were launched on Sunday, where seniors will get a free platform to gather, perform, chat and share, said Debapriya Dutt, who has been working among seniors for a long time.

In his message to parishioners, Bishop Paritosh Canning, the head of the Kolkata Diocese of the CNI reminded parishioners that according to the Bible, grey hair is a crown of glory gained by living a righteous life. “It is our duty to keep them in good health, away from loneliness and be in their company in these troubled times,” Bishop Canning said. Archbishop Thomas D’Souza, had directed all parishes to celebrate grandparents day on July 25, much ahead of the official day. On Sunday, vicar general, Dominic Gomes reiterated the message, asking the youth of all parishes to visit grandparents and take charge of their wellbeing, continuing with the July 25 pledge.

Source: Times of India

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