Year 1 and 2 pupils have been learning about Diwali this week. Year 1 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed role playing the story of Rama and Sita and Year 2 have been celebrating the festival through prayer, role play, art and literacy.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on the tops of houses, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfits, light candles and participate in family prayers. There are often fireworks, then a family feast and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.