This week in class we celebrated Deepavali (Diwali) together.
We started by learning the meaning and significance of Deepavali.
‘Deepa’ means lamp and ‘Avali’ means row. So Deepavali means ‘Row of lights’.
The festival is a celebration of victory of good over evil, the return of Rama to Ayodhya after killing Ravana, Krishna killing Narakasura, Lord Vishnu defeating King Bali. Deepavali also signifies that the light of knowledge removes the darkness of ignorance, love conquers hatred and faith helps overcome fear. The festival is celebrated over 5 days.
Goddess Lakshmi, the bestower of wealth of knowledge, good values, health, money, and Goddess Kali are worshipped during Deepavali.
We also learnt that sharing the knowledge that we have is similar to an oil lamp that can light many other lamps with no loss in its brilliance. All of us then made a diya (lamp) and decorated it. Children had fun doing a “bowling bad habits” activity.
There were 10 bowling pins labelled with various bad habits and 3 bowling balls labelled with good values. Each one took turns to pick a ball of good value and knock down the
pins of bad values/habits.
Our homework is to practise getting rid of the bad habits (that we knocked over during the bowling activity) using the good values that we picked.