The Y5's had a fantastic trip to Belgrave Road on Thursday! As soon as we arrived it was lunch boxes down, coats away and shoes off as we were led through three quite intricate Indian dances. With clapping, shuffling... and some huffing we just about managed to dance without embarrassing ourselves too much!
After that energetic start it was off to see some of the business that make up the Golden Mile. At the Grocers we learnt about how hard people work keeping the family business afloat and about how many of the families have worked on Belgrave Road for 2 or more generations.
The sweet shop was quite exciting and we managed to buy some sweet and savoury food to try later at lunch time!
Next, we headed to the Shri Ram Mandir Temple. The children took off their shoes as we entered as nothing unclean can be taken into the temple. The priest there was very understanding and answered our many questions patiently! He told us about the Gods that are worshipped there and how the temple is used. Every day they feed hundreds of people their lunch free of charge and all members work together towards spiritual, cultural and social harmony. We were fortunate enough to take part in the midday prayer and were made to feel very welcome with the priest's blessing to return any time. This was a very special part of the day.
After that it was lunch, with a chance to try out some of the goodies we had purchased earlier - to greater or lesser success depending on the palette!
A visit to a Sari shop was next on the agenda; the colours were breath-taking and we enjoyed finding out about the designs and materials used. Then it was off on a treasure hunt down the Golden Mile where we found real treasure at the end - a statue of Ghandi.
We took some time here to find out more about his life and his work before making our way back to the community centre.
It was a real eye-opener of a day and we found out so much more about the Hindu way of life and about what is important to the people there. Every single person we met was open, friendly, welcoming and willing to help us understand even more! Our children were complimented on their good behaviour, not only by our guides, but by some of the people we met along the way. They were such a credit to our schools! A great day out!