Diwali, the 'Festival of Lights' is Indian festival celebrated worldwide by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. It lasts for 5 days and in 2020 starts on Thursday 12th November.
Diwali is called the festival of lights because people fill their homes and workplaces with candles, lanterns, fairy lights and diyas, which are small oil-filled lamps. They also decorate their homes with petals and stunning designs made from coloured sand.
Day one is known as Dhanteras or Dhanatrayodash and on this day people will clean and decorate their homes.
Day three is considered the main event of Diwali and is called Lakshmi Pujan or Kali Puja. This year it falls on Saturday 14th November and usually involves a big special meal and time spent with family. There are also rituals performed to invite the goddess Lakshmi into homes to bring good luck and happiness.
Om Group, part of our Luton Carnival family, have shared with us some photos from Diwali celebrations in Luton Town Centre in previous years.
Lockdown will mean Diwali is very different this year, but we hope that all those celebrating can still have a great time within their households. We have found some great activities you can try, and also some colouring sheets which you can colour in and decorate your home with.
Diwali Craft Ideas
We have found some great activity ideas online.
They have 8 easy Diwali craft ideas for children including salt dough and glitter Diya lamps, flower rangoli craft and how to make a Marigold Garland from paper. There are also some great book suggestions if you would like your children to learn more about the festival.
They have searched far and wide to find a list of the best Diwali crafts out there for toddlers and pre-school children. Check them out!
Children's Diwali Activity Pack
Neasden Temple have created a PDF pack of Diwali activities for children which you can download by clicking the icon below.
Diwali - Family Activity Fun Pack
Diwali Pattern Colouring Sheets
Our artists have produced some sketches which you can use as a colouring sheet, or take inspiration from to make your own creation. You can save the images below, print and colour in. We would love to see what colours you choose!