Iverna GardensProject: Diwali
Diwali is the celebration of the Indian New Year and is also known as the Festival of Lights; it celebrates and honours Rama returning with his wife, Sita, after 14 years of exile. This week the children will make diyas out of clay, draw rangoli patterns, and cook Indian food such as roti, mathiya and coconut candy. The children will obtain a wonderful sensorial experience smelling spices and incense, matching spices, and tasting some common herbs and condiments such as garlic, ginger and coriander. Their hands will be decorated with henna to usher in happiness and joy. Teachers will dress in traditional Indian outfits, and children will be shown how the sari is tied and worn. Our most popular activity might be Bollywood dancing where we will learn some basic steps. We will end the festivities with a puja of good health and prosperity. It will be an exciting week filled with colours of happiness.