Our Reception children have learned how 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.
It is a very exciting and colourful holiday. Houses 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.
Reception have had a fantastic time learning about the Hindu festival Diwali. They have made Rangoli patterns, learned the story of Rama and Sita and watched on the whiteboard Hindu children celebrating.
A big 'Thank You' to Prem & Dave from the village shop who kindly made us the Diwali sweets to try!
What a fun learning experience we all had!
Please click on the slideshow to celebrate Diwali with us!