As part of their work on Hinduism, Year 5 children have been learning about the Festival of Diwali, a five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus. It represents a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
This year Diwali takes place over five days from 2 November to 6 November with the main day of celebration on Thursday 4 November.
Hindus decorate their houses, shops and public places with small oil lamps called diyas and beautiful Rangoli patterns on their doorsteps. People also enjoy fireworks and giving presents including sweets, so it’s very popular with children.
The year 5 children enjoyed making traditional sweets and exploring and creating rangoli patterns.