After a hectic week of examinations, it was time for the students of Government School for Deaf, Jagathy, to welcome Mahabali to their school and feast on a sumptuous ‘sadya.’ As poet O.N.V. Kurup joined them on Wednesday, it was an occasion to rejoice.

Speaking at the function, Mr. Kurup said it was the right of every Malayali to celebrate Onam. He appreciated the efforts of parents and teachers in organising the celebration.

The children performed a ‘thiruvathirakali.’ Some others dressed up as ‘tigers’ for the traditional ‘pulikali.’

The children joined in the serving of the food to the guests. “We prepared the food for the children with the help of parents. The parents came forward to prepare the meal as they felt that they should also join in the celebrations. Some students even helped us arrange the spread,” said Bindhu, a kitchen staff.

The celebration was also the time for many former students to revisit their alma mater and spend time there. Sudeesh, a former student, stated in sign language how he enjoyed meeting his teachers. The school, started in 1942, will celebrate its platinum jubilee this year. It is a privilege to welcome personalities such as Mr. Kurup, Headmistress Usha Eblizabeth Abraham said. Mayor K. Chandrika; Additional Director, Department of Education, V.K. Saralamma; Principal S. Radha; and VHSE Principal in-charge P.P. Preetha attended.