Diwali for Kids have a wide variety of activities which can be enjoyed by the kids on Diwali. Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important festival of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.
Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that’s also enjoyed by non-Hindu communities. For instance, in Jainism, Diwali marks the nirvana, or spiritual awakening, of Lord Mahavira.; in Sikhism, it honors the day that Guru Hargobind, the Sixth Sikh Guru, was freed from imprisonment. Buddhists in India celebrate Diwali as well.
Hindus light up their homes and shops, to welcome the goddess of wealth and fortune, Goddess Lakshmi , to give them good luck for the year ahead. A few days before Ravtegh, which is the day before Diwali, houses, buildings, shops and temples are thoroughly cleaned, white-washed and decorated with pictures, toys and flowers. On the Diwali day, people put on rich clothes, exchanging greetings, gifts and sweets on this day.
At night, buildings are illuminated with earthen lamps, candle-sticks and electric bulbs. Sweets and toy shops are decorated to attract the passers-by. The bazaars and-streets are overcrowded. People buy sweets for their own families and also send them as presents to their friends and relatives. At night, Goddess Lukshmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshiped in the form of earthen images and silver rupee. People believe that on this day, Hindu Goddess Lakshmi enters only those houses which are neat and tidy. People offer prayers for their own health, wealth and prosperity. They leave the light on in buildings in their belief that Goddess Lakshmi will find no difficulty in finding her way in.
Diwali for Kids
As much as Diwali is a time for celebration and relaxation, every year, school children are in for a treat with a leisurely Diwali vacation, much like a smaller version of their summer holidays. Parents tend to be in a fix, because keeping a child occupied at home is no easy task. With Diwali being just around the corner, we thought it would be exciting to share some simple and doable ideas for you to spend Diwali with your kids, while also sharing with them the importance of this celebration. Let’s begin!
Watch the movie with kids
Before you begin indulging in fun, creative activities with your kids, how about we do a quick recap about how Diwali came to be celebrated in India? Among the many mythological stories related to this beautiful festival is the story of Ram and Ravana – a timeless classic.
Watch this video with your kids, and relive the memorable mythology of the Ramayana.
Make a Rangoli with your Kids
Rangoli is a traditional Indian sand-painted design often seen during Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Historically created on floors inside and outside of homes, Rangoli can be made in a wide variety of designs, sizes, and materials. Whether you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids or making decorations to celebrate Diwali, Rangoli can be enjoyed by beginners and experienced artists alike.
Paint your own Deeyas
In the days leading up to Diwali, you will find beautiful earthen diyas being sold on every nook and corner. The traditional diyas were always earthen and simple. Painting them can be loads of fun, and a great way to keep your kid(s) occupied.
To get started with this simple activity, you would need clay diyas, paintbrushes, acrylic paints, stones/gems, glue, gold paint for outlining/border. Again, these are simply suggestions and you can go as complex or as simple as you like. Here, the focus should be on your child’s freedom to explore his/her creativity.
This is also an activity where you can gather your kid’s friends and get them plenty of materials, and let them go bonkers with their artistic side. Remember to spread newspaper on the ground or the table, so that paint and glue does not splatter anywhere. Also, supervise the children if they’re using glue to stick decorative stones or sequins.
Make Paper lanterns
Indian traditional lanterns have always been popular, for as long as we know. Originally, the lanterns were simple and handmade mostly from paper. Then as we evolved, so did the techniques and materials. But would it not be nice to go back to older times, and teach your child the simplicity behind making paper lanterns.
For those more adventurous, you can also buy beautiful textured handmade paper or glitter paper. Sitting with your child, go ahead and cut, fold and string paper together in shapes of flowers and stars. Plenty of design tutorials are available online if you need any help.
Cook up some Diwali Food
Engage your kids to prepare some food or sweet dishes for Diwali. Give them a task to help you while making dishes for Diwali. Most important of all is to never allow your kid to cook on flame. Keep him or her stay away from stove, as kids can be on danger of burn themselves because they are not trained in handling stove or flame.
Engage your kids while decorating house
It is the best way to engage a child to decorate the house with lights. In this way they will be happy and will not make disturbances in the house. They will also learn the art of decoration or designing. It will please them aswell.
Diwali holidays no longer mean being cooped up at home with a child whose energy may not complement your busy schedule! If you’re taking a family holiday, that’s wonderful. But if you’re home, and want to gently educate your kids about this grand festival, which has its roots so deep in our history and tradition, there’s no better way than indulging in activities like those suggested above.