Many Mumbai schools have decided to postpone their plans to celebrate International Day of Yoga to Monday. Heavy rain on Friday and chances of the downpour continuing over the weekend have upset the scheduled celebrations.
A few schools will be braving the weather to conduct the programmes on Sunday, albeit on a smaller scale.
The Maharashtra government was expecting schools to hold yoga programmes this Sunday to mark the UN-declared International Day of Yoga on the basis of an India-led resolution.
“With all the confusion caused by Friday’s rain, we could not prepare for Sunday so we will hold the event on Monday,” said Father Francis Swamy, manager, St Xavier’s School, Fort and joint secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) that runs 150-odd city schools.
Lady Engineer School, Tardeo, too has moved Yoga Day celebrations to Monday from Sunday. “Owing to the rain, we did not think it was a good idea to call students on Sunday,” said Eric Elavia, principal. “Instead, we decided to conduct yoga for students during PT this week.”
Even the schools celebrating on Sunday, will be unable to call large numbers of students. “We have asked the higher classes students to attend,” said Ganesh Parameshwaran, principal, Balbharti School, Airoli.
Hansraj Morarji Public School, Andheri is going to celebrate with 21 students from its residential school on Sunday, and hold yoga sessions for others throughout the week. “We have hired around 23 instructors to teach yoga to our students,” said Anjana Prakash, principal.
A few schools had not planned on Sunday celebrations. “We were supposed to hold the programmes on Saturday but had to close owing to the rain,” said Kalyani Patnaik, principal, Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai. “We will arrange talks for all on yoga on Monday.” Similarly, Pawar Public School, Kandivli has also kept the celebrations on Monday.