Diwali is one of the India's biggest festivals. Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. It is a festival of lights and every Indian celebrates it. During this festival, people light up their houses and shops. They worship Lord Ganesha for good welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom. This festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartika which falls sometime during October or November. It is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of Exile and his victory over the Demon Ravana.
This year Diwali was celebrated on 27th October 2019.
In Foundation Stage as part of our topic on Diwlai we did lots of work around the origins of the story, reading the traditional story, writing a simple retelling, watching the story being retold on Cbeebies. We also looked at how Hindu people get ready for Diwali by watching the video https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-celebrate-diwali
We explored artefacts, made traditional Diwali sweets using coconut and condensed milk and we had a go at Diwali stick dancing in our PE lessons. We also had a go at making Diva lamps using clay, which we then decorated using sequins and paint.