Learning about the cultures our parents come from is part of a bilingual family. My husband and I both try our best to expose our children to both our faiths, Hinduism and Christianity. My husband is from India where they celebrate Diwali along with many other festivals. Diwali , the Festival of Lights, is one of the most significant holidays in Hinduism.
Here's a Printable of the Diwali HandoutSome of the vocabulary words we introduced and showed examples of...
Diwali Resources for your Hindi Bilingual Babies
I found a great website called Gnaana for seeing the helping children understand the steps to prepare for Diwali including decorations and about Diwali Puja, which my daughter started learning about last year. Here's a photo of the offering she prepared all by herself.
- Here are some adorable coloring sheets and cards to create for Diwali!
- My daugther enjoys this video about Diwali in India. I love that they have real clips from the markets getting ready for Diwali.
- Here's a cute clip of Mickey and Donald getting sweets ready for Diwali with Minnie Mouse! Diwali with Mickey Mouse!
- Diwali information on Kid Citizen World
- Even President Obama extends his Diwali wishes too here!
I think it's a great idea to relate things to your child with people or characters they may already recognize. It's a great way to make them feel connected to another culture.
Make your Own Diya for Diwali
My daughter and I decided to make our own version of Diyas for Diwali. Diyas are places outside of homes on Diwali to light up the night. We simply used some recycled baby food jars to create our candle holders. We also used glitter paint and sequins with adhesive. It was great fun to sit with my inlaws and create them. My daughter is more into repetitive designs when she does her art so detailed Indian Art Work is right up her alley. It was also a great way to take about symbols of Diwali with her Dadi Ji and Dada Ji (name for grandparents on Father's side)
Here's what our diyas looked like as we lit them on Diwali!
As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love, here’s hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead. Best wishes on Diwali and New year.
Or Check out our Diwali fun with Playdough Below