Deepavali, the Indian festival, is not just about glowing lights, crunchy murukus, and yummy sweets. It’s about erasing bad memories, cherishing good moments, sharing, forgiving and imparting happiness to all. The BAC family celebrated Deepavali with the celebration kicking off with an introduction to the purpose of the festival and how it is celebrated. The children enjoyed watching a short video clip on rangoli designing, which is one of the major aspects of the celebration.
Next, the teacher also displayed another form of rangoli on a round metallic plate. With an oil lamp on the centre of the plate, the rangoli ‘thali’ looks pretty with the clusters of sweet-smelling flowers on the plate. The festive atmosphere was ignited with the ‘thali’ at the centre. The children also had the opportunity to taste a popular crunchy snack called the murukku and were e fascinated to see a cookie full of holes in it.
As a follow up, children were engaged in an art and craft activity, as an extension to the celebration. Since Deepavali is called the festival of lights, the children were led to be involved in a craft activity named ‘Row of Lights’.
Using a flame-shaped sponge, the children have fun dipping the sponge into the paint and stamping it on paper, symbolically lighting up the lamp on the paper. ‘I want to light the lamp’ chanted the eager children. It is fascinating to see the hall “light up” with rows of painted lamps.
Lastly, the children had the opportunity to design a very elegant rangoli pattern. The kids filled the rangoli with red and green beans, much like a typical rangoli filled with rice. and finally addeded streamers to the rangoli. It was a joy to watch the children carry home their little artwork with gleaming faces of pride!