January 1st is regarded as 'Kalpataru Day' since it is an annual religious festival observed by monks of the Ramakrishna Math monastic order of Hinduism and lay followers of the associated Ramakrishna Mission, as well as the worldwide Vedanta Societies.The event commemorates the day on January 1, 1886, when Sri Ramakrishna revealed himself to be an Avatar, or God incarnate on earth in the Cossipur Uddyan Vati.
Sandeepani Sishuvihar children celebrate Holy Mothers Jayanthi as Matrupuja day. This year it was celebrated on this auspicious Kalpatharu day, January 1st, All the Sandeepani Sishuvihar children and other neighboring children. with their parents assembled in Dakshina hall of Ananda Dham. Man. Lakshmi Didi highlighted the significance of Matru Puja and Kalpatharu Divas. Later on, she guided the children to perform the Matru Puja in an orderly way. The hall was filled with the chantings of mantras and prayers. The joy and prayerful mood which children and mothers have experienced were visible in their faces and actions. The programme concluded with Shanti mantra.
In the evening on the same day, 'Swantanam' the programme for senior citizens was conducted from 4.30 pm to 6 p.m. Dr. Geeta Swaraj, Ex-Principal of Maliankara college and a good orator and speaker was invited to talk to the group. When one reaches the stage of Vanaprastha, how one should spend one's life in the present times, was the topic of Dr. Geetha's talk. Using the examples from her own personal life and in a humorous way of her speaking ability, she kept the audience spellbound. In the end, she interacted with the vanaprasthis and gave some tips to lead a happy and joyful life.