Children enjoy day of celebrations at HEAL Paradise Village Children gather at HEAL Paradise Village for Teachers’ Day HEAL children enjoyed a double celebration at Paradise Village on September 5 when Teachers’ Day combined with the festival of Krishnashtami. With HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru in attendance, accompanied by HEAL India president Ramavtar Yadav and HEAL UK communications director Jem King, the children paid tribute to their teachers during a special morning assembly in the open-air performance area. Dr Prasad also spoke words of inspiration to the 200 children who gathered together wearing their colourful new house uniforms. HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru addresses the children of HEAL Paradise Village during celebrations to mark Teachers’ Day 2015 The children of HEAL Paradise Village, Thotapalli, give tribute to their teaching staff as part of Teachers’ Day 2015 celebrations HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru and HEAL Paradise Village staff members enjoy a Teachers’ Day presentation by the children After lunch, there were fun and games on the school grounds where the excited students took part in an event to mark the religious festival known as Krishnashtami, an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Shravan (August–September) in the Hindu calendar. Part of the festival traditionally involves teams of young men forming human towers to reach a high-hanging pot of buttermilk and breaking it with a blunt object, spilling the contents over the entire group. This event is said to be based on the legend of the child-god Krishna stealing butter. The Paradise Village version was widely enjoyed by all as boys lined up to take a running jump and try to break the pot suspended overhead with sticks, while the girls waited gleefully to soak each participant with water. Even HEAL India president Mr Ramavtar Yadav joined in the fun, before the pot was finally broken amid much joy and hilarity and the children returned to their dorms after another busy and exciting day.