At Assembly on November 5 our Grade 4 students presented on Diwali. As our students entered the Chapel, the Grade 4s thoughtfully held clay lamps (deepa) to illustrate what is commonly done in countries that celebrate Diwali around the world. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that the people of India light inside and outside their homes and buildings to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness (Kids National Geographic).
Commonly known as the Festival of Lights, each Grade 4 student discussed how Diwali is celebrated in countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Fiji and Trinidad and Tobago. The group described that, in addition to the rows of lamps are lit, people also celebrate Diwali by dressing up in new clothes, exchanging sweets with family and friends and women decorate their hands with henna tattoos. Diwali lasts five days and each day is representative of something different from shopping and decorating, to fireworks, gifts and feasts.
Thank you to our Grade 4 students for helping the School learn more about Diwali.