Diwali

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Create the colour and excitement of the Hindu festival of Diwali (17 October 2009) and celebrate with these bright and fun activities

Diwali

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world during October or November each year. It is an exciting and colourful holiday lasting between three to five days. Friends and family send Diwali cards to each other, and children have time off school to join in the preparations and celebrations. Homes are scrubbed, swept, polished and cleaned to welcome in the new year. Invite the children to role play the house-cleaning preparations leading up to Diwali in the home corner. Help them to make Diwali cards to send to each other and encourage them to create a party atmosphere with home-made decorations, play food, music and dance.

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