Diwali, the 'Festival of Lights' is Indian festival celebrated worldwide by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. It lasts for 5 days and usually falls within the month of 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. It 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.
We have created and found some great activities you can try which you can link to below.
Diwali Craft Ideas
Create a Diwali carnival costume from paper
Our artists have created a workshop where you can make fantastic colourful Diwali carnival costumes from paper. The items you can make include a headdress, collar and hand held paper diya. Click here to find out more!
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. Click the icon below to print out the colouring sheets. We would love to see what colours you choose!
We have also found some great activity ideas elsewhere 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.