Diwali Big Talk 11.11.16

Date: 13th Nov 2016 @ 7:38pm

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This week we have been learning about the 5 day long Hindu celebration of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights. The children have learnt about some of the Hindu tradional customs during Diwali - dressing in their best clothes, giving presents and sweets, visiting their family and friends, worshipping in the temple, decorating their houses, lighting diya lamps. They also learnt about how Hindus decorate the ground with rangoli patterns during this time.

Share the image with your child and ask each other these questions:

What is this? (a rangoli pattern)

What has it been made with? (coloured rice)

What can you see?

What colours can you spot? 

What else can you see in the pattern? (flowers, diya lamps with flames)

Why has this been made? What special time of year was this made? (during Diwali)

Who might have made this pattern? (Hindus)

We have also included 2 fantastic videos that we watched in Nursery of very talented people creating beautiful rangoli patterns with rice. It would be great for the children to watch these at home with you this week.

parentoliver wrote:

Eleanor told me the picture was a Rangoli pattern and that she had seen them this week in school. She pointed to the various colours - purple, yellow, green, red and orange - and told me purple was her favourite colour. She then pointed at the face - the lips and eyes. Eleanor has enjoyed learning about Diwali this week, especially making (and eating) the sweets.

parentstansfield wrote:

We had a good look at the rangoli image and hallie told me all about what she had learnt in school last week and about how people share presents at Diwali. We watched the videos and hallie said that she would love to make a rangoli on the floor when she is bigger. She couldn't remember who make the rangoli, she said that they were rangoli people. Hallie thought all the colours were beautiful.

Mrs Fitzsimons wrote:

Thank you for the terrific comments! It's great to hear how much the children are remembering!
Eleanor, we're so pleased you enjoyed the coconut barfi we made! It was delicious!
Hallie, we bet your rangoli patterns would be absolutely beautiful!

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