Teach­ing chil­dren about Di­wali

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ALSO known as the Fes­ti­val of Lights, Di­wali (pre­dicted to be on Oc­to­ber 18 and 19) is cel­e­bra­tion, marked by fire­works and feasts, ob­served by mil­lions of peo­ple across the world.

Its main theme is the tri­umph of light over dark­ness and good over evil.

Like any other re­li­gious cel­e­bra­tion, Di­wali is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to teach the lit­tle ones about the hol­i­day and why it is so im­por­tant.

Here’s how to get them roped into the cel­e­bra­tions:

Sym­bolic lamps (or pa­per lanterns) are an in­te­gral part of Di­wali home dec­o­ra­tions.

They don’t re­quire much time to make, but the fin­ished prod­uct will have kids oohing and aahing at their cre­ations.

Pinterest and DIY blogs are a good place to start for some fun in­spi­ra­tion. One such blog, sad­to­hap­pypro­ject.com, has a post called “20 Stun­ning DIY Pa­per Lanterns and Lamps to Brighten Your Home”, which pro­vides hours of end­less fun, us­ing ma­te­ri­als that can be found around your home. Our favourite is the Owl-dorable pa­per lantern. Visit: http://sad­to­hap­pypro­ject. com/diy-pa­per-lanterns-and­lamps/

In­stead of buy­ing and ex­chang­ing gifts, why not make some­thing spe­cial from the heart?

Home­made treats and sweets are a thought­ful gift idea for some­one with a sweet tooth and will have the kids say­ing: “I made that!”

Blog­ger Poornima Kulka­rni has some great ideas. See www.pinterest. ie/poorn­i­makul/ Dr Seuss once said: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Books en­able chil­dren to broaden their hori­zons and learn about their cul­ture and re­li­gion in a fun and con­struc­tive way.

There are lots of in­ter­est­ing reads out there, like The Di­wali Gift, by Sh­weta Cho­pra and Shuchi Me­hta; it’s a sweet fes­tive story that in­tro­duces chil­dren to Di­wali, the story fo­cused on three child mon­keys.

A Di­wali Story, by Jonny Zucker, de­scribes the ac­tiv­i­ties of typ­i­cal fam­i­lies as they cel­e­brate some of their cul­ture’s ma­jor hol­i­days. The at­trac­tive il­lus­tra­tions are ap­peal­ing.

Sym­bolic lamps (or pa­per lanterns) are an in­te­gral part of Di­wali home dec­o­ra­tions.

The Di­wali Gift, by Sh­weta Cho­pra and Shuchi Me­hta, is a book that in­tro­duces chil­dren to Di­wali.

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