Diwali is also known as the festival of lights and signifies the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Ganesha who is the god of wisdom and remover of obstacles, and the Goddess Laxmi who bestows prosperity, wealth, and fertility are prayed to in order to receive blessings. Diwali traditions revolve around family, lighting " diyas" (earthen candles) to ward off evil spirits, cleaning one's home, creating delicate patterns made of coloured powder (Rangoli) representing happiness, and welcoming Laxmi, the goddess of wealth into one's home. Families gather together, sharing delicious Indian foods and delicacies, especially Indian sweets such as "Laddoos" and "Mithai".
The Grande Section classes in Jardine's Lookout celebrated Diwali, a Hindu festival on Monday the 24th of October. The children discovered and created some of these Indian traditions. They wore a"bindi", a red dot on the forehead as well as had an opportunity to have "Mehendi" (Henna tattoo) on their hands. Some children dressed up in Indian clothes. We used wooden stamps and paint to create beautiful paisley prints in addition to colouring pictures of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi. Together, all the GS classes worked tirelessly to create a communal intricate Rangoli pattern in the Jardine's Lookout school foyer.
Happy Diwali to you all from our little Grande Section stars!!
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