This Diwali, Let Your Child Shine
Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of India, enchanting not just children but adults alike. The bright, pretty lights, delicious treats both sweet and savoury and of course the company of loved ones – these are just few of the many things that have gone to become synonymous with this festival. However, there is so much more to the Festival of Lights than this.
How many of us know the actual origin of Diwali? Well, Deepawali, more popularly known as Diwali is the celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Many years ago, the people of Ayodhya lit rows of clay lamps to welcome their king, Rama after he defeated Ravana. In a few parts of the south of India, the defeat of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Whatever be the stories, these tales symbolize the prominence of light that protects us from spiritual darkness.
Here are a few ways you could celebrate Diwali with your child:
Make An Edible Rangoli
Rangolis are drawn on the porch of houses, adding colour, brightness and happiness into homes. Did you know that in the old day the main purpose of drawing a rangoli wasn’t beautification or anything religious? It was in fact, made with flowers and spices that acted like food for the birds. This Diwali, let your child’s inner creativity out by letting them draw your home’s rangoli. You could hand out a mix of edible flowers, food-grade colours and spices for the decoration.
Customizing Your Own Diyas
This is yet another way to get your child into the spirit of Diwali, whilst having a fun time. Get them a bunch of eco-friendly paints and clay diyas and let them have at it. Children can draw the things they like, write their own names on the diyas and even decorated them with small faux jewels and other items. When we get our kids involved in such activities, they too feel like a part of the festivities.
Cook Up Delicious Delicacies
For many, Diwali automatically translates to food, and we Indians love our desi delicacies. This Diwali, head into the kitchen and cook up some treats for your loved ones. You could ask your kids to become your happy little helpers in this task. Many Indian households make their own snacks, like murkul, chivda or chakli. For the sweet-tooth of the family, kheer, laddus, puddings etc. can be prepared.
Instead of creating noise and air pollution with firecrackers, why not let lanterns float out into the sky? Don’t worry, you don’t need to spend tons of money on this. Use bio-degradable papers from a local crafts store and get your child to help you make your very own Diwali lanterns. Even if you don’t want to let them out into the sky, they double as great decoration pieces for your homes.