The star attraction of Indian festival is certainly the Diwali – the celebration of lights; Diwali is the event to observe Victory over Defeat. It is the celebration to observe Light over Darkness and Awareness over Ignorance!
Individuals commend the celebration for different reasons. Some trust that Diwali has an association with the triumph of Lord Krishna over Narakasura. Some connect it with the worship to the goddess of riches – Lakshmi. A few anyway says that Diwali as the celebration of lights is celebrated in the remembrance of the ‘welcoming of Lord Rama’ after his exile for 14 years.
The festival of Diwali goes on for 5 days leaving a year-long memories.
1st Day – The first day of Diwali is known as the Dhan Tera. Legend has it; Lord Dhanwantari rose up out of the sea on this day with the art of prescription – Ayurveda to benefit the humankind. This is a promising day and an enormous measure of purchasing of gold, silver, valuable stones and utensils are done on this day.
2nd Day – The second day is named as the Narak Chaturdasi. It is trusted that Lord Krishna killed the evil spirit Narakasur on this day, accordingly liberated world from abuse and dread. In a few sections of India, it is clebrated as Choti Diwali.
3rd Day – The third day is without a doubt the real Diwali and it’s an ideal opportunity to love Goddess Lakshmi alongside Lord Ganesha.
4th Day – This day is commended in various structures all over the nation. For example; in Gujarat; this day is praised as ‘Bestu Baras’ – the New Year. In the Northern piece of India the fourth day of Diwali is commended as the Govardhan Pooja. In some part it is likewise celebrated as Vishwakarma Day. This day is otherwise called Annakut.
5th Day: This day is praised as Bhai Dooj , Bhai Teeka or Bhai Fota. the last day glorifies the brother- sister bond all over India.
Diwali is a loud and colorful festival and here’s our shelf activities to add more fun connecting to our Indian traditional roots.
- “I Spy” Crackers and Crackers Match up Game, you may get your freebie here.
- Ordering Divas (ascending or descending), here’s the link to get your free printable for the same.
- Circle Time – Talking the history of Diwali and Story Time
- Arts and Crafts – Making Narakasura, painting divas, paper rockets using shapes and festival greeting cards making.
- Narakasura Vadha – Click here to know the history behind it.
Diwali gave us the gift of togetherness, happiness teamwork, connecting to our roots and most importantly of memories that would last us a lifetime. Hope you like our festival activities.
Article by Vaishnavi Yelchur