Learning about Diwali

This week we have been learning about the festival of Diwali and the story behind it. The children have discussed the different things that are done over this festive period and how similar they are to celebrations they are more familiar with. 

We discovered ‘light’ was a common theme. To celebrate Halloween people make lights out of pumpkins, and for bonfire night people light big bonfires and set off fireworks and sparklers. This is very similar to Diwali, where fireworks are also used in celebration and people light candles called ‘Diya lamps’ to welcome others home.

In school we made our own diya lamps from salt dough and lit them together. We could see how light helps people find their way in the dark. The children were fantastic – sensible and safe throughout.

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