We may be surrounded by images and activities relating to Christmas, but this half term Years 3 and 4 have also been learning about an important five-day festival celebrated by Hindus in Britain and all over the world.
The name Diwali (or Divali) comes from ‘ Deepavali’, meaning ‘row of lights’. The children made their own lamps from clay with Mrs Bird in their religious studies lessons and learned that the festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil; a time for renewing hopes for happiness and prosperity in life. At Diwali,Hindus worship their many Gods, such as Lakshmi, in a variety of ways including prayer, singing and music, followed by feasting and fireworks. The children had some good points of view to offer in our many discussions on this subject!