In our family, we celebrated Diwali by making fresh sweets, spending time with family, and praying for a year of health, happiness and prosperity. We lit little candles, called diyas, all around the house -- leaving no corner in darkness. This is what signifies the triumph of good over evil, the victory of light over darkness. Indians also pray to Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, for an upcoming year of prosperity. It is also said that Goddess Laxmi only visits homes that are brightly lit, and so the many diyas invite her in.
I was also lucky enough to go to little J's preschool class to teach the kids about Diwali, share our culture's yummy samosas, and do an art project with the munchkins. We made diyas out of construction paper, decorated them with fun sticky jewels, and created little lights with glitter pens.
Lighting a Lamp, which was perfectly age appropriate, with lovely pictures.
Happy Diwali! Wishing you all a joyous year filled with love, light, health & wealth. Thanks for reading!