Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. This year, the five-day festival began on 2nd November and ended on the 4th. During this time the focus was on new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

As part of this term’s topic, ‘Celebrations’, Reception children have been learning about Diwali and the traditions associated with it. They have been looking at Indian patterns, learning traditional dance steps and trying their hand at making their own Rangoli artworks.

On Thursday the class were treated to a visit from Mrs Singh, who focused on Hindu traditions. She told the story of Rama and Sita, their 14-year exile and their eventual return home. The children found out the link between the story and the use of lights (Diyas) and fireworks to celebrate.

They were also given the opportunity to try on some beautiful Indian clothing and given a Kautuka each – a red-yellow coloured protection thread which is said to keep away negativity and promote good health.

Prep School | 11/11/2021