Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life. Millions of Hindus around the world, including those in New Zealand, celebrate Diwali with gifts, lights, fireworks, and special meals. Major public festivals, along with private and family celebrations, mark Diwali in New Zealand.
Diwali is a great opportunity to engage with the local Indian Hindu community, especially those members who are families at school. Extend your school Diwali celebrations into the community, by encouraging family input into all aspects of your planning, teaching, and learning. It is from families that you will get valuable stories, artefacts, language, food, and dance, all of which will support the learning areas, key competencies, values, and principles of The New Zealand Curriculum - especially those which describe cultural diversity.
School Journals and Ready to Read
A shared text, set in NZ, which describes an Indian girl’s experience of the five-day festival of Diwali. There is an audio version and accompanying teacher support material.
Published on: 01 Nov 2016
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