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FEATURE: “Holidays and Heroes”
Nov 4: Diwali
Submitted by Avantika and Sasha, Ishaan (grade 6), Tejas (grade 3), Zubin (k).
Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most festive holiday. The holiday gets its name from the clay lamps (deepa) in rows (avili) that we put outside of homes to signify the triumph of good over evil. This tradition is based on a story from Hindu mythology in which the warriors Rama and Sita return from a long journey and adventure in the woods where they overcame many challenges. As they made their return home, the people of their city placed hundreds of oil lamps to light the way and welcome back their heroes.
Diwali in India is celebrated over several days with families visiting together, sharing sweets and gifts of new clothes. In India people often light firecrackers as part of the celebration.
Our family is from the northern part of India, but has lived in the United States since the 1970’s. We celebrate Diwali every year by placing candles on our doorstep, wearing our traditional clothing and hosting friends and family for a delicious Indian dinner, sweets, and lighting sparklers after dark.
Suggested readings to learn more about Diwali, its history, and how it is celebrated around the world:
- Grade 4-5: Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series, Book 1), by Ajanta Chakraborty and Vivek Kumar (YouTube read aloud by Miss Jessica)
- Grade 2-3: Amma, Tell Me About Diwali!, Book by Bhakti Mathur (YouTube read aloud via Reading INC)
- Grade K-1: Diwali, Book by Hannah Eliot (YouTube read aloud with Ms. Nicole)