Monday 16th November
Monday 16th November 2020
Good evening everyone,
Today in nursery the children learnt all about Diwali, the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.
Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and New Year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. The festival is usually sometime between October and November, with the date changing each year.
In 2020 it began on Thursday 12 November and will last for five days, with the main day of celebrations taking place on Saturday 14 November.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps".
Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it's really popular with children.
Other Diwali traditions include:
Lighting oil lamp in houses and on the streets
People visit their relatives and have feasts (sadly not this year)
Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is worshipped as the bringer of blessings for the New Year.
The children listened to the story of Rama and Sita, tried on traditional clothing, explored rangoli patterns and lamps and decorated hand prints.
Our two year olds enjoyed painting with wheels and older children went for a local walk to see how many different kinds of transport they could see.
Have a lovely evening.