Celebrate Diwali - Festival of Lights this Friday!

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Diwali (DEE-vaa-lee) – sometimes spelled Divali – is the Hindu New Year. Its celebration lasts for five days and is the most popular festival of the year. This year Diwali falls on November 14th. 

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world in either October or November. It is a very exciting and colorful holiday. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth and good fortune, Lakshmi (LAKH-shmee), can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house that is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps called di-yas (dEE-ya) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights. Some people may even put lighted diyas in rivers to see if they will float to the other side before sinking, a sure sign of coming prosperity. 

This year, we invite you to celebrate with the kids by doing a fun arts/crafts activity below! 

Fireworks Painting

Fun Fact: Fireworks are often used during the Diwali Celebration, this tradition dates all the way back to 1400 AD! They welcome good wealth and celebrate light over darkness.

GATHER MATERIALS

  • Craft Roll 
  • 9x12 Blue Construction paper 
  • Variety of tempera paints 
  • Paper plates for paint 
  • Scissors 
  1. First, pass out enough materials for each child to have their own piece of blue construction paper, a craft roll, set of paints on a paper plate, and a pair of scissors. Make sure the children do not share these materials throughout the activity and set aside for sanitization immediately after the activity. 
  2. Model for the children how to create the firework print template by cutting slits on one side of the craft roll provided. 
  3. Have the children dip this end into the paint on the paper plate, and then stamp it onto the blue construction paper. 
  4. This should create a firework-like stamp with the paint. 
  5. Allow the children to use as many colors as they wish to make the fireworks. 

Fun Follow Up Questions:

  • What event do you celebrate with Fireworks?

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