We have launched a campaign through which we are encouraging students to greet the elders with “Namaste” as a mark of respect. Namaste or Namaskar is a common cultural practice in India. It is customary greeting when one meets or takes leave of others. Namaste as a verbal salutation is normally accompanied by a slight bow made with folded hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards in front of the chest. It can also be done without words and carries the same meaning.
Namaste is derived from Sanskrit and is a combination of two words ‘namah’ and ‘te’. Namah means ‘bow’, ‘obeisance’, ‘reverential salutation’ or ‘adoration’ and te means ‘to you’. Therefore, Namaste literally means ‘bow to you’ or ‘I bow to you’.
We would like to appeal to the parents to co-operate with the school and take up this practice at home also. We are sure that this small gesture will go a long way in changing the very attitude and outlook of your ward.