Press release from Milton Hall Montessori Nursery School.
Diwali, the festival of lights is indeed the most awaited and the most celebrated festivals of India and all around the world in October or November. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-day event depending on where you come from.
The teachers made it more special by decorating the school with beautiful, colourful diyas, The little ones helped the teachers in lighting the diyas and making colourful Diwali cards.
At Milton Hall Montessori, the things which are related to Diwali were put up on display. Children had special festive treats and gifts on this occasion like Diyas, to carry to their homes.
All the aspects related to Diwali were explained to the children in a very interesting way. They were also told that this day is also celebrated as a day of home coming (Ayodhya) of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile. Everyone wears new clothes on Diwali and exchanges gifts & sweets among friends and relatives.
Clay Diyas were made by the children, painted and decorated.
It is a very exciting and colourful occasion. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps (diyas) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the occasion is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Children danced with dandhia’s enjoyed the celebration.
Sutindar Lal explained having a strong sense of their own and others’ cultural history and the traditions associated with it helps children build a positive cultural identity for themselves. Children’s connections to theirs and others’ cultures develops through these experiences and supports children’s sense of belonging.”
We all enjoyed learning more about Diwali and sharing and celebrating this important festival together. Happy Diwali.