Follow the unnoticed purpose of fancy dress competitionFancy dress is one of the competitions conducted for the kids of pre-primary and primary classes where the kids have to participate in an amusing costume. It was pure fun to watch the kids in colorful costumes representing a particular theme or an object or a famous person. The main purpose of fancy dress competition is to develop confidence and eliminate the stage fear in the minds of the children. It is a good opportunity for the kids to speak in front of a large audience.
A few years back if fancy dress competition is conducted at the school premises, then for sure we can see the kids dressed up as a teacher, doctor, freedom fighter, bird, flower, little Krishna, fictional character, etc. But now, the parents of the current generation have broken the stereotypical costumes and have started to come up with creative ideas. Recently I attended a fancy dress competition and was amazed by the costumes of the kids. I saw kids dressed up as a waterdrop, junk food, traffic signal, smartphone, etc. Even the tiny tots in their cute voice expressed good social awareness message to the public. It was good to see the kids in creative costumes explaining awareness slogans. But do the parents teach their wards to follow the awareness messages which were conveyed in the fancy dress competition? I don't think so. Because certain scenes which I happened to see on the day of the fancy dress competition made me feel so. A kid who was dressed up as a junk food was the first prize winner of the competition, but once the competition was over that kid's parents took that kid to the nearby pizza corner to celebrate the victory. Immediately the slogan "Stop eating junk food. It is bad for health" said by the kid in his cute voice flashed my mind. I even saw the smartphone kid playing games on her father's mobile and the waterdrop kid's mother wasting water while washing her hands.
I will not blame the kids for the mistakes done by the parents and teachers. It is the responsibility of the parents and teachers to teach good habits to the children. If the parents and teachers teach their children about all the valuable social awareness messages expressed in the fancy dress competition, then the kids will definitely try to be a responsible person by following that messages. Mold the kids by teaching good things and make them follow. It would be better if this hidden and unnoticed purpose of the fancy dress competition is followed effectively by the parents and teachers.