Sharing culture

Youngsters mark Indian Thanksgiving

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 15:35 15/01/2014
Indian thanksgiving
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ
Three-year-olds Krishnandya Santosh Kuma and Victoria Scott-Hall of the ABC Invercargill North childcare centre celebrate Indian Thanksgiving.

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Colour, candles and culture lit up an Invercargill childcare centre today in celebration of Indian Thanksgiving. 

Children at the ABC Invercargill North childcare centre had the opportunity to experience a different culture by celebrating Indian Thanksgiving, or Pongal. 

Centre manager Claire Clarke said it was great to have the chance to experience another culture.

"It's great to have different families' cultures coming through the centre."

The idea came about after staff were talking to parent Nagaswarna Ramachandran, whose daughter Krishnandya Santosh Kuma attends the centre, about her culture, Mrs Clarke said.

"We asked her about their culture and she wanted to share it with us."

The children had been learning different words in preparation for the celebration, she said. 

"They're really excited."

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