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Posted on November 04 2016

The festival of Diwali (festival of lights), perhaps the most well-known of the Indian festivals was celebrated at our nursery on 27th of October. Understanding the world and its different cultures is a very important part of our Early Years curriculum.  At this stage, our children begin discovering their own family traditions, their own identities and how the world around them works.

To mark the festival our children were initially given a beautiful introduction on Diwali by Mrs Gosh. She talked to them about the meaning of Diwali and how Hindus all around the world celebrate Diwali by exchanging sweets, wearing new clothes, praying, lighting diyas all around their homes and having brilliant fireworks in the night. After the introduction, the children were given a special treat in the form of a puppet show performed by Mrs Kaur and the nursery staff on the traditional Hindu story of Prince Rama and his wife Sita. The children learnt the special significance of Diwali: good triumphs over evil and light shines through darkness. The show then finished with our children savouring Indian sweets.

Our children later enjoyed decorating earthen diyas with colour and glitter as well as having the opportunity to draw and colour Rangoli patterns (the traditional way of drawing patterns at the entrance of Hindu homes).

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