Diwali, the four- to five-day long Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists.

Diwali symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, and takes place each year between October and November after the conclusion of harvest and to coincide with the new moon.

This year it was celebrated during our half term break so we decided to explore the celebration of Diwali when we returned to school.

The children looked at the meaning behind Diwali and how it is celebrated. They made links between their own faith and  that of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists.

The children made Rangoli patterns and Diva lamps using paper. A Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.

 

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