A Christmas carnival of Hope


In the words of Emily Dickinson- Hope is the thing with feathers - that perches in the  soul…   After a two year pandemic hiatus, hope spread its wings and descended on the grounds of DPS International, Gurgaon on Saturday, December 17, 2022 as the school held its annual winter carnival. The Christmas spirit of joie de vivre pervaded the air, as the school adorned bright festive colors. The carnival titled ‘Carnival of Hope’ aimed at raising funds for Aliya Charitable Trust, a philanthropic endeavor by Ms Devyani Jaipuria, Chairperson DPSI. The trust has brought hope and cheer to the lives of many and provides medical assistance, treatment and support to the underprivileged. It conducts free medical camps and health check-ups for them. In keeping with Ms Jaipuria’s vision of making healthcare accessible to all, a cause very close to her heart, the proceeds from the day were donated to the trust.   The theme of this year at DPSI is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A special calendar featuring art work by DPSI art students and autistic children, was released at the carnival by Ms Devyani Jaipuria. This creative collaborative project titled Titiksha, the brainchild of Ms Preeti Trehan, Director Ishatvam, acted as a symbol of hope for a more inclusive world that truly embraces neurodiversity.     The entire school community came together to put up a spectacular event that saw a massive turnout, including members of the school community and hundreds of visitors. There were stalls with delightful arts and crafts, home-made scrumptious snacks, trendy hair braids, to name a few. One of the biggest attractions was the raffle draw that saw an enthusiastic and overwhelming participation. Jugglers, stilt walkers, clowns and uni-cyclists kept the crowds engaged with their captivating stunts. Electrifying and energetic dances by the students and teachers of DPSI set the stage on fire adding to the joyous spirit. This display of gaiety inspired hope that the spirit of kinship and oneness always prevails.   All age groups had something to do- from the giant swings and game stalls for children to apparels and food stalls for the elders, the carnival offered an opportunity to everyone to step out and celebrate the culmination of a happy, healthy year. A complete package of entertaining activities, the carnival gave the students and staff an opportunity to unwind after a hectic academic term.