The festival of lights, Diwali, is celebrated with lots of fun and fervour by Indians all over the world. Although the celebrations of Diwali differ from region to region, the reason behind its festivity remains the same. The origin of this festival is associated with the coming back of Lord Rama after the 14 years of exile in the forest. After his triumph over the demon king Ravana, Lord Rama along with his wife Sita, brother Laxman, his follower Hanuman and the vast army of monkeys returned to his hometown, Ayodhya. To welcome the beloved king Rama and celebrate his victory, the entire Ayodhya city was beautifully decorated and people lit diyas and burnt firecrackers.
Diwali is the festival celebrated to honour the homecoming of Lord Rama. The preparations for Diwali begin a few days before the actual celebration. All the shops, houses, roads and buildings are decorated with lights. People go out to buy new clothes, jewelry, decorative items, sweets etc. Everyone cleans and decorate their houses with flower garlands, lights, diyas & candles. On the day of Diwali, people dress up in new clothes and exchange sweets & gifts with friends & family. They hang torans at the doorways and make rangolis at the entrance of their houses to welcome the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. At sunset, people perform special puja to worship Goddess Lakshmi and following this, children with great enthusiasm, burn firecrackers.
How to celebrate Diwali with your children?
Diwali is one of the most favourite festivals of people throughout India and is celebrated with great pomp and show. Here are some ideas on how you can make this Diwali special for your children:
- Dress up your children in new clothes.
- Indulge your children in making colourful rangolis at the entrance of the house.
- Provide them with the necessary decorative materials like flowers, torans, diyas etc. to decorate the house.
- Ask them to decorate diyas and candles using mirrors, gota, ribbons etc.
- Involve them in the kitchen with you to prepare delicious sweets and other traditional dishes.
- Light up firecrackers along with your children.
- Invite children from your neighborhood and arrange games such as musical chairs, dumb charades etc. for them.
So, this Diwali, seize the opportunity to make special memories with your children and enjoy the festival of lights to the fullest.