In 2009, Diwali will be celebrated from October 17 to October 22. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-day holiday depending on where you come from.
It is a very exciting and colourful holiday. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps (diyas) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Make a Diya
If you have self-hardening non-toxic clay at home, you can help your child create a Diya. Here’s how…
1. Form the clay in a ball
2. Using your thumbs, make an indent in the middle, large enough to fit a tea candle.
3. Decorate the outside of the Diya with small rocks, beads, or anything bright and colourful in the craft box.
4. Let the Diya dry and insert a tea candle.
5. I like to use the battery-operated tea candles so the kids can “light” them on their own.
If you don’t have clay in the house, use an old ramekin and decorate it by gluing the beads onto the outside of it.
Make a Rangoli to celebrate Diwali
The third day is the main Diwali festival or ‘Festival of Lights’. The kids will love the creativity they can express by making their own “rangoli”. At Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.
Compliments of ActivityVillage.co.uk (I usually like to find Canadian sites to promote – but this site had so many great activities for kids…I think you will find it fun to explore!)