Diwali (Deepavali) or Divali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”. The festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity. In the lead-up to Diwali, people will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces with diyas (oil lamps) and rangolis (colorful art circle patterns), wear their finest clothes, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared.
- Make your own lantern delights with our activity – here
- Make your own sensory silhouette jars for an electric light – here
- Make rangoli patterns using sand in a communal space or a display table – here
- Print off and enjoy the Diwali section of our monthly activity book – here
- Celebrate light with mini-lighthouses – here
- Watch National Geographic’s video all about Diwali – here
- Have a sensory session, indoors or out, with fairy lights, electric candles and lanterns