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.
We were also very lucky to have ex pupil Jihan and his family (The Village Stores in Ainsworth) bring us some delicious Diwali Treats from their temple for us to try. Our children were so excited with the treats and everyone had a taste of the the treats. Thank you very nuch Jihan and family.
What a fun learning experience we all had!
Please click on the slideshow to celebrate Diwali with us!