Blog | Seven superb ways to celebrate Diwali
The word Diwali means ‘rows of lighted lamps’ and it’s the name of the Hindu festival that celebrates light over darkness. For us in the northern hemisphere, this is the start of the darker months and we want to spread some light with these superb activities you can do with your Group.
Otherwise known as the festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. The core theme is the celebration of the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. The foundational story of Diwali varies between Hindu, Sikh and Jain traditions, yet the celebrations are very similar.
Diwali marks a new beginning and is celebrated with massive firework displays, family feasts, by giving presents and decorating your house with colourful lights and candles.
One of the values of Scouting and a key part of the Programme, is that we explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes, so try one of these activities or projects to do exactly that.
Arrange a visit to your local Hindu temple, Sikh Gurdwara or Jain temple and find out how it's used for worship. Chat about other holy places associated with different faiths and this will help your Scouts and Cubs to work towards their World Faiths Badge.
If you fancy something a bit more crafty then try these felt candle holders.
Make a play of it and ask your Explorers to tell the story of Diwali by getting them to re-enact it in a play. They could give it a modern twist, perform it in a song or even create a Diwali dance.
For something a little tastier try cooking these Indian spiced black eyed peas.
Organise your own Diwali celebration or use the following steps to take part in a local one:
- Research to find a local Diwali celebration.
- Contact the organisers to see whether Network members can attend and take part.
- Create a list of actions such as making Diwali sweets, making decorations, locating appropriate clothing and learning a dance.
- Assign actions to Network members.
- Organise the logistics.
- Enjoy taking part in the event.
- Discuss how the event went and what you gained from the experience .
Otherwise you can visit Programmes Online for loads of great ideas from rainbow candles and food pattern pictures to Diwali cards and sweets.