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    Kerala News A Christian flavour to Vijayadashmi Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 1: As Hindus celebrate Vijayadashmi, the last day of Navratri celebrations, there will
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      A Christian flavour to Vijayadashmi


      Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 1: As Hindus celebrate Vijayadashmi, the last
      day of Navratri celebrations, there will be a Christian flavour in
      Kerala.

      Vijayadashmi is when many families initiate their children into the
      world of learning.

      In recent times, as Hindus mark 'Vidyarambham' (commencement of
      learning), some Christians too have joined, in their own way.

      On Monday, maximum crowds are expected in temples and at literary
      institutions, where eminent litterateurs and teachers would hold the
      hands of children and help them write Malayalam alphabets on a plate
      of rice.

      The St George Orthodox Church here, which first held this programme
      three years ago, drew flak from a section of the laity for holding
      the ceremony in its premises. The event therefore is likely to be
      held at a daycare centre run by the church.

      Media organisations, especially newspaper offices, have been holding
      such functions.

      At the Malayalam Manorama's head office here, noted film
      personalities like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Sreekumaran Thampi, National
      Award winner Murali, eminent poet and writer O.N.V. Kurup and Kerala
      University Vice-Chancellor M.K. Ramachandran Nair are to initiate
      children into writing their first alphabets.

      A leading personality who will be missed this year is veteran poet
      Ayappa Panicker, who helped six orphans write their first alphabets
      in 2005. Panicker passed away in August.

      --- IANS


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