Families are encouraged to discuss the event in advance so the students know what to expect on the day.
Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated primarily in India and many other countries around the world. Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. People do away with all past evils and welcome new beginnings with love and light.
During the festival, people light up their homes with rows of clay lamps called a “diya” as a symbol of welcoming light and prosperity into their homes. Diwali is also known as Deepavali which literally translates to “row of lights”. People also create beautiful drawings at the entrance to their homes called “rangoli” or “kolam”, traditionally done with coloured sand, flowers or coloured rice.
The PTF have some very exciting activities planned for the morning as students arrive at School.
- Dhol player – a traditional Indian drummer to play some fun beats!
- Special giveaways – we’ll have coloured tealight candles and bookmarks to hand out to the kids!
- Chalk rangoli – kids will be encouraged to decorate the footpath with chalk drawings. Click here for some beautiful rangoli design ideas!
We’re excited to give the kids a fun start to the week and hope they love this moment of cultural celebration!