Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Diwali

We are learning about the Indian Festival of Lights - Diwali

In India, one of the most significant festivals is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. 
It's a five-day celebration that includes good food, fireworks, colored sand, and special candles and lamps.
Soon we will add our Rangoli patterns that we made.

Do you celebrate Diwali?
Please share with us what your family traditions are.


N Maharaj said...

Diwali falls, the Indian festival of lights, falls on the day of 'Amavasyaa', when the moon does not rise and there is darkness all around. Light, being symbol of hope and positive energy, indicates the victory of good over evil. By spreading light in every corner of our premises, we try to destroy the reign of darkness, on the night of Diwali. People decorate their premises with diyas, electric bulbs and other decorative electric lighting fixtures, to make their surroundings filled with colorful light and to make it bright and beautiful. Go through the following lines to learn more about Diwali and its significance.

What Is Diwali
Deepavali - the very name of this festival reveals its meaning. The festival is all about the lighting diyas. Later the term 'Deepawali' became 'Diwali'. Deepawali or Diwali is also known as 'the festival of lights', because on this day, people illuminate their home and premises with diyas and colorful lights. Celebrated usually in the month of October or November, Diwali bears significance in the Hindu culture as well as among Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. The legends connected to the festival are different for different religions.

Importance of Diwali
Diwali is the Indian festival that brings a series of festivals with it. One after another, we get a chance to celebrate five ceremonious occasions. The people of all age groups and classes with equal zeal and enthusiasm celebrate Diwali throughout India. They put on new apparels and participate in the various activities that are related to Diwali celebrations. It is a festival of celebrations such as lightings, crackers, cleanliness, colorful rangoli making, social gatherings to exchange greetings and sharing sweets with your loved ones. Diwali is a festival filled with spiritualism and religious activities, such as worship of Goddess Lakshmi, worship of Lord Ganesha, worship of Ma Kali, worship of Lord Chitragupta and worship of Govardhan Parvat.

Mallika and Grandma said...

DIWALI - the festival of lights!
Diwali is one of the most enchanting festival of India. The Festival of Diwali is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm.
On the day of Diwali, people spruce up their houses to welcome Goddess Lakshmi - the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. People believe that Goddess Lakshmi visits only clean houses on Diwali.People also visit friends and relatives during the day to wish each other Happy Diwali.

kairyn said...

Dear Thunder in the practice I came second and
Cameron came first in the practice. Maybe in the real
cross country I will come first in the cross country.
From Kairyn Kids with a view

swannic said...

Hi Room 3
Did you know people decorate their homes and light thousands of lamps called ‘divas’. Diwali means row of lamps.
Before Diwali, families clean their homes from top to bottom. Children have five days off school. Diwali celebrations include visiting the temple, sharing home made sweets and playing with firecrackers.
Love from James and Noah (Prep S)


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