I hope that is the case even today. The only dampener during festivals for school going children is the home work they give at school even for holidays. As a matter-of-fact holiday homework these days is for both the parents and students.The rangoli above reflects the positive spirit of Vijayadasami (Doesn't it?)
For those who are not aware 'kolu' is the arrangement of dolls during the festival of Navaratri that is celebrated for nine days. The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadasami (Vijay means victory and dasami means the tenth day - after new moon day in case of Navaratri). It is thought that Vijayadasami is very auspicious and hence many new ventures particularly education from Aksharabhyas to admission in play schools is done on this day. The usual practice is to have odd number of steps for kolu starting from 3 to usually 7 or 9. The area around the kolu is decorated with miniature parks, zoo etc. It depends upon one's imagination . It is customary to draw beautiful rangolis for the kolu and hence I have drawn some
The rangoli has a geometric pattern at the base i.e hexagon surrounded on the six sides by patterns of our choice and the gaps filled with some simple spiral patterns resulting in the in the second image. After filling with colours it looks more attractive.
Two images showing the intermediate stages of the rangoli