Diwali is the Hindu 'festival of lights' which celebrates the New Year. It is India's mot important holiday. The festival falls on different days each year. It lasts for 5 days. This year Diwali started on 17th October. Diwali celebrates the return of Rama and Sita, in the story from the Ramayana. The story show how good wins over evil. People light hundreds of small lamps called diyas. They place them around their homes and gardens. This is to commemorate the part of the story that describes oil lamps being placed outside peoples homes to light the way for Rama and Sitas triumphant homecoming.
The children learnt about the Rama and Sita story, made Rangoli patterns, made diya lamps and Diwali cards and two parents came into school to draw Mendhi patterns on the childrens hands with face paints. We all had a wonderful week in school learning about Diwali.