The most celebrated festival of the year is just around the corner! Diwali is the symbol of ascendancy- light over darkness and good over evil. “The significance of Diwali is the removal of darkness.” On this night, colored lights dance against the darkness as lamps are lit everywhere and fireworks explode in a fiery celebration.
The Five Days of Diwali
For five days this week, starting on Tuesday, Hindus all over the world will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights.
Day one, Dhanteras, celebrates wealth and prosperity. People typically clean their homes and buy utensils made of metal to ward off bad luck.
For day two, or Chhoti Diwali, people can decorate their homes with clay lamps, or diyas, to commemorate the triumph of light over darkness.
The third day of Diwali is typically considered the most important. On this day families will gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi, accompanied by delicious feasts and fun firework celebrations.
Those in Gujarat welcome the new year with the fourth day of Diwali festivities. They send gifts or best wishes to friends and family to celebrate with their loved ones!
Bhai Dooj, the fifth day of Diwali, is dedicated to honoring sisters! There are many different traditions across India, but gifts are often exchanged to celebrate brotherly and sisterly love.
Diwali – The Tradition
Diwali brings joy around the world; people exchange gifts, purchase gold, wear new traditional attire, prepare special sweets and dishes, and decorate the whole house to welcome goddess, Lakshmi. This celebration acknowledges the gods for giving blessings in the form of good health, peace, wealth, and prosperity.
Fun Diwali Activities Ideas For Kids
This year, you can get children involved in the festivities by having them help you decorate, cooking with them, or sharing the story behind Diwali! Dressing up in traditional clothing is also a great way to get in the holiday spirit- make sure to check out the Shoonya app to see the new clothing we’ve added to the rewards center for this special occasion. I read on for some fun ideas to make Diwali special for you and your loved ones this year.
3D Diyas and Paper Arts
For a challenging and fun activity for you and your little ones, create some origami together – we’re a fan of this 3D paper Diya. b Make different 3D diyas of different colors and string them on a thread, to all-around your house. Use this easy-to-follow template to get you started on this craft!
Make Rangoli and Flower Decorations
Rangoli with dry chalk powder is a mandatory part of Diwali decoration. The entrance of every house is decorated with colorful art called rangoli on the day of Diwali. To do this, use white chalk to draft the grid of the design that you want to make. We looked for the best rangoli ideas for 2021 and we love this one! Yellow and cerise roses are perfect for flower decoration on Diwali. Craft magnificent layouts and add lights for an extra festive touch!
Narrate the story behind Diwali
When Prince Rama returned home from exile after defeating Ravana, people lit lamps in the whole of Ayodhya on this happy occasion. Diwali celebrates the victory of good (Rama) over evil (Ravana) and welcomes home our beloved Lord Rama. Ramayana is the story of family love, the importance of principles in life, and a perfect way to introduce kids to the rich cultural history behind festivals.
Decorate the house with lights
Diwali is incomplete without lights; amazing lamps and decorative lights give an exceptional look to the house. To make your own home more festive, consider hanging lanterns, lighting candles, or string up some multi-colored lights to show some Diwali pride.
Cook delicious food with family.
Diwali celebration is incomplete without yummy food. This is the ideal time and opportunity for your kids to try their hands at cooking under the guidance of elders. Enjoy the fun of being together during the process. There are several traditional Indian dishes to make such as gujhiyas, samosas, pakora, various sweets, and endless regional delicacies to choose from.
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We wish your Diwali is full of light, love, and prosperity!