October 23rd was Diwali and the LABBB integrated preschool was able celebrate it with help from a classroom parent. Parul Khemka was our very special guest and volunteered her time to come in and teach the students and staff about Diwali.
Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
Diwali is celebrated with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, and sharing of sweets. We celebrated Diwali by having each student decorate their own clay lamp. The clay lamps were a gift from Mrs. Khemka. The students painted them, added some glitter, and many also glued on some gems. They worked very hard on their clay lamps and they all looked so beautiful. The students were very excited to be able to take home their clay lamps or deepas.
The students and staff were then invited to enjoy some Indian sweets that Mrs. Khemka brought in for us to try. They were delicious. The students and staff had a great time. We would like to thank Mrs. Khemka for her time and generosity.