Hinduism Day: Diwali, the festival of lights
For Hinduism Day, Lighthouse Class were concentrating on Diwali, the festival of lights. We started off by watching some videos of children, explaining what Diwali is and how they celebrate it. We learned that it is important to have a clean house during Diwali, as there are lots of visitors! We also learned that Hindus make lovely patterns, called Rangoli patterns to put on their doorsteps.
We read and also watched a video of the story of Rama and Sita, which is the story that Diwali celebrates. We retold and illustrated the story. Our favourite parts were the demon with ten heads and twenty arms capturing Sita, and then the monkey god, Hanuman, and all the other monkeys helping Rama and his brother rescue Sita.
As Lighthouse Class were already learning about shapes in Maths, we used 2-D shapes to make our own Rangoli patterns. In the afternoon, we made paper lanterns and clay candle holders, as light is very important in the story of Rama and Sita, as they followed the lamps to get back home!
Take a look at some of the photos from Hinduism Day below!