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Happy Diwali


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Diwali (Dee-wall-ee): The Indian celebration also known as the festival of lights.


Namaste and Happy Diwali!


As we approach this busy holiday season, I couldn't help sharing this beautiful Indian celebration with all of you. The actual date is based on the Indian calendar and changes every year. It occurs sometime during October or November. The holiday is celebrated for five days, and this year's main day falls on November 4th. . .today!


The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning "line of lamps." It is one of the most important festivals in India, as it marks a new year! Diwali is celebrated to honor the return of Lord Rama after a 14 year exile after defeating the evil demon Ravana. To honor and celebrate the return of this beloved hero, and the triumph of good over evil, people illuminate a path by lighting diyas or "lamps."


It is also believed that Lakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity, visits peoples' homes during Diwali. To welcome her, people clean their homes, light up decorative lamps, and place colorful garlands around doorways. So beautiful and colorful. . .it's a celebration we can all appreciate!


Have some fun by creating your very own Diwali Lights! Here's how.



Diwali Flower Lights

What you'll need: Empty toilet paper tubes, scissors, paint, battery operated tea lights

  1. Take a toilet paper tube and cut it in half.

  2. Cut 5 slits about halfway down on each tube.

  3. Fold each section so it faces outward.

  4. Cut each folded section to create petals.

  5. Paint your entire "flower."

  6. Pop in a battery operated tea light and decorate your room!

Note: Adult assistance may be required for cutting!


Now, get creative, and have fun!


Namaste.

Gram


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