This year, apart from reading aloud various Diwali books from our own Diwali picturebook/storybook collection, our family also enjoyed working on some Diwali crafts together.
Salt Dough Diyas: We made salt dough diyas (multi purpose flour + salt, bake diyas at 250 degrees for 2 hrs), painted them (we used washable tempura paints) and then decorated them with glitter, sequins and beads. A special fact about these diyas is, three generations of family members worked on them.
Rangoli on paper: Rangoli is an art form originally from India, where colorful patterns are made on the ground using rice flour with colors or colored chalk, flower petals, diyas, etc. We tried a simpler version of this by drawing a flower pattern on paper, covering it with clear glue and sprinkling homemade colored sand (salt + food color) on it.
Henna Tattoos: My ten year old loves henna tattoos so this one was specially for her. She decorated one of her hands with beautiful henna patterns on her own. The boys followed her lead and tried to do that too although they are not quite there yet.
“Diwali is often referred to as the ‘festival of lights’ and compared to New Years or Christmas. Diwali is celebrated on different dates in different parts of India. It is a time for family and friends to share music, gifts, fireworks and prayer. Across India, Diwali is celebrated for different reasons, but spiritually it is ‘the awareness of the inner light’. The celebration of Diwali as the ‘victory of good over evil’, refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance and the awareness of the oneness of all things.” – Kavitha G. Sahai, Lots of Lights
Happy Diwali! May the light within all of us shine brighter than ever!