2nd-4th November 2016
Diwali is an ancient Indian festival. It is celebrated with Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (prayers), gifts, feast and sweets.
The festival of lights is upon us and we celebrated accordingly! Many thanks to Mahavir (Veer’s Dad) for transforming our Kinder room into the festival of lights! Veer and Mahavir took time over the weekend to prepare and we were all highly impressed. The teachers were asked to wear their more shiny, glittery and sparkly clothes. We much enjoyed seeing our young Indian friends in their best traditional wear!!
Arpitha (Samrudh’s Mum) and Swarna (Rudr’s Mum) joined us on Wednesday to start our celebrations. They added some more, wonderful decorations to our room, and introduced us to Indian art “Rangoli” using coloured rice flower outside on our path. Swarna and Arpitha showed us their artistic skills in this area and many children followed suit. Swarna shared with us a Youtube video which gave us the story behind the festival of lights, and we enjoyed hearing Swarna and Samrudh sing an Indian prayer. We enjoyed some traditional Indian crackers “Nippattu” and Indian sweets “seven cups” and by showing us the way Diya are used during Diwali.
The children worked on making their own Diyas to decorate our room. Swarna then joined us again on Friday and helped Rudr to share a small candle with each of his classmates and some treats! It was wonderful to hear Rudr and his friends wishing each other a “Happy Diwali”. The children explored Rangoli further with Swarna and we could see the artistic talent growing with this art. It has shown to be very calming with wonderful sensory properties. Many thanks again to our friends for helping us to celebrate!