Last Friday the Kindergarteners and Hoot Owls enjoyed a presentation on the Hindu celebration of Diwali. One of our Kindergarten parents, Abhinav Chandra came to school. He and his daughter Naryani dressed in traditional Hindu celebration dress; they showed us a video of how Diwali is celebrated and told us the story of Diwali.
Diwali or Festival of Lights is one of the biggest festivals in India. It is a Hindu festival to celebrate the return of victorious Lord Ram to his capital city Ayodhya after he defeated the demon king Ravan. Hindus celebrate Diwali by lighting their houses with decorative lights, inviting friends and family for a festive meal, exchanging sweets, and above all, bursting fire-crackers.
Later kindergarteners were lucky to try a taste of some traditional Hindu sweets that are eaten during Diwali.