On Wednesday the 6th March 2013, Saint Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School celebrated the traditional ‘Pallo’ which is the half-way mark of the great Fast.
Each class received ‘Soma cupcakes’, having just enough for each of the 596 students at our school. Each student picked a cake, and one blessed winner from each class found a cross under one of the many cakes.
All of St. Hurmizd Primary School participated in this special event. The winner from each class received a certificate at a special assembly after recess. Thinking only the students participated in this event? Think again! The teachers weren’t left out, they received their cakes during the assembly and the lucky winner from SHAPS staff was, Mrs Samira Khano, who won a beautiful gold (Goldmark) cross necklace.
At the special assembly, Father Ninos Elya our school chaplain explained the importance of fasting. “Fasting draws us near to God, it helps us to become humble and it strengthens our spirit.” Said Father Ninos
Jesus taught us that by fasting and praying we can overcome the enemy and all obstacles. Mark 9:29
Mr Makko our school principal also spoke about the tradition of ‘Pallo’ and shared with us his family experience on this special celebration of when he was a little child. Mr Makko thanked the teacher’s aides Mrs Josephine Mirza and Mrs Vivian Shiba and all who helped make this day happen.
Written by: Elizabeth Lee, 6N
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