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University Academy Keighley in England recently observed ‘Hinduism Day’ to understand its customs and traditions

Dancing with wooden sticks and dressing up were highlights of the Hinduism day at University Academy Keighley

Keighley, Aug 14, 2016: University Academy Keighley (UAK), a mixed secondary school in Utley (England) recently organised a special day event to understand and learn about Hinduism and its customs and traditions and the program concluded with folk dancing.

The youngsters met a practising Hindu, Krishna Dasi who explained about Hindu customs, traditions and deities to the students. Students were dressed up in traditional Hindu clothing and took part in dances and traditional greetings to show their respect for each other.

There was also an open quiz session where students asked questions and discussed other religions. A question-answer session was also held for better learning and understanding of Hinduism, suggested a news portal.

A spokesman said, “The students found the role play very exciting and lots of fun, and learned a lot about the Hindu faith and culture, mentioned India Live Today report.

“The most memorable moment of the day was the dancing, especially performing the Dandiya Raas where students used decorated wooden sticks to emphasise the rhythm.

“After one or two false starts everyone got the hang of it and had a lot of fun trying to remember which way round to spin and keeping time by beating the sticks together.”

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In a statement, American Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a step in the positive direction. He emphasised the need of organising Hinduism Day in all the secondary schools of the United Kingdom (UK), where children could learn about basic concepts, symbols, art, music and traditions of Hinduism, reported India Live Today.

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Krishna Dasi, Image via uak.org.uk

In a statement, American Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a step in the positive direction. He emphasised the need of organising Hinduism Day in all the secondary schools of the United Kingdom (UK), where children could learn about basic concepts, symbols, art, music and traditions of Hinduism, reported India Live Today.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that awareness about other religions can be created by organising such days; as it will make the UK pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlighten citizens of tomorrow. Moreover, students should have the knowledge of the entire society so that they can gel well with others, added Zed.

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UAK, which aims to “promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of all students”, is a mixed secondary school sponsored by University of Bradford and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Nadira Mirza is the Chair of Governors, while Bernie Addison is the Interim Principal. Rajan Zed also urged the school authorities to declare Hindu festival, Diwali as a school holiday.

– prepared by Yajush Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: yajush_gupta

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