Commemoration of Veer Bal Diwas on 26th December
CBSE Latest Circular: The Govt. of India vide Ministry of Home Affairs notification has decided to commemorate 26th December every year as ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ to pay homage to the great valour and supreme sacrifice of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji, the younger sons of the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh ji, on 26th December 1704, at the tender age of 9 and 7 years respectively, in their quest for justice. A brief write-up is given below.
Accordingly, schools are requested to observe Veer Bal Diwas in a befitting manner as per the details given below:
Aim of Veer Bal Diwas: To pay homage to the courage of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji and younger sons of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji, the tenth Guru of Sikhs.
|Time period to mark commemoration: 26th December to 26th January|
|Target Stakeholders: Students of Classes 1-5|
In order to commemorate the first Veer Bal Diwas on 26th December 2022 and to facilitate the participation of students, a few suggestive low/zero–cost, high visibility activities are given in annexure B which can be undertaken by schools with the following objectives and as per their suitability.
1. To create awareness about the sacrifice of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji, younger sons of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji, the tenth Guru of Sikhs.
2. To enable students to acquire the qualities of sacrifice, courage, steadfastness, confidence, mindfulness, and others as exhibited by the Sahibzadas.
A report of the commemoration of Veer Bal Diwas may be submitted at the following link on or before 28th January 2022. Form Link
Suggestive Activities on Veer Bal Diwas
1. Awareness Generation Activities
Awareness about the sacrifice and courage of the Sahibzadas can be created using any of the following means:
a. Showcasing of the animated movie on Sahibzadas ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ (available in Punjabi, Hindi, and English)
b. Narrating the Story of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji to the students addressing the themes of sacrifice, courage, respect, and responsibility
c. Reading of Comic Books on Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji
d. Inviting Experts in the area to deliver talks
e. Conducting Special Morning Assembly wherein the students can be informed about the lives of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji
2. Literary Activities
Once the students are aware about the courage and sacrifice of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji, students may be asked to:
a. Write an essay
b. Recite or write a Poem on their sacrifice, courage, and other values learnt from their lives
c. Identify similar acts of courage and narrate it to other students in the class
d. Create a map of major events in their lives
e. Create a storyboard on major events in their lives
f. Write an inspiring short story about an imaginary character who stood courageously against all challenges and adversities
g. Express their gratitude towards Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji through a 1minute talk
h. Attempt motivating word games
i. Identify and write about the values which they learnt from the lives of the Sahibzadas and how they can incorporate them in their own lives
j. Talk or write about the difficult situation(s) they may come across and what they would do when faced with such situations and why.
3. Art Activities
Art activities may also be organised for the students once they are quite aware about Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji. Students may be asked /guided to:
a. Create a wall of appreciation on which they can hang Thank You Cards made by them to express their gratitude towards the sacrifice done by the Sahibzadas. The cards can be addressed to Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji.
b. Make Promise Cards wherein they can make a promise to the Sahibzadas
c. Make Sahibzadas Themed New Year Calendar (as the new year will be around)
Culmination of Activities
The occasion may be used to honour the brave act exhibited by any of the student(s) of the school.
4. Ongoing Activities to imbibe the qualities exhibited by Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji in the students
Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji exhibited confidence, steadfastness, and courage in the face of tyranny. They were also able to speak up and stand tall against all odds. In order to make our children confident enough so that they can express themselves and ask questions, speak fearlessly in front of other people/large audience; they can be engaged in such activities in which they are interested and feel confident.
Apart from the above qualities, Sahibzadas exhibited the qualities of respecting your parents, standing by your faith, and being brave and fearless. Schools can devise such activities which can be integrated across the other curricular activities and which focus on imbibing these qualities in our children.
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