Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu festivals.
The word Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’. Diwali is known as the ‘festival of lights’ because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas
Two of our children enjoyed sharing their Diwali celebrations with the rest of the school. They were able to explain how they celebrated with their family. They shared traditional sweets which they had made with their mother.
They explained that they celebrate with a five day festival which honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
In Britain, as in India, the festival is a time for:
- spring-cleaning the home,
- wearing new clothes
- exchanging gifts (often sweets and dried fruits) and preparing festive meals
- decorating buildings with fancy lights.
- huge firework displays often celebrate Diwali.