Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. It is a festival of lights and every Indian celebrates with a lot of joy. During this festival, people light up their houses and businesses. They worship Lord Ganesh for good welfare and prosperity. They also worship Goddess Laxmi for wealth and wisdom.
Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honour Sri Ram, the 7th incarnation of God Vishnu. It is believed that on this day, Sri Ram returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king Ravan.
The Nursery and Reception children have been learning all about the Ramayan story this week. They listened to the story to help them understand the events, then drew the characters and used their sounds to label them.
During our art lesson, the children were introduced to Rangoli patterns and shown how to use 2D shapes to create a complex repeating pattern.
In our Design and Technology lessons, the children were taught how to use salt dough and clay to make Diwa lamps. They were shown how to use their fingers and special clay tools to press, squeeze and mould the dough to create grooves, pattern and dents.
In our cooking lesson, the children were introduced to to several Indian sweet dishes that are made and eaten during this special time. The children participated in following a simple recipe to make Coconut Ladoo.
We decided to set up an area where children could explore the story and interact with the characters. The children had bundles of fun wearing the character masks to re tell the story.
We had lots of fun learning all about the Festival of Lights. For all those celebrating Diwali, we wish you a safe and prosperous festive season.