Diwali for kids

The Festival of Lights

Diwali will next be celebrated on 30th October 2016.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around the world in October or November. It is the Hindu New Year and is either a 3-day or 5-day holiday depending on where you come from.

It is a very exciting and colourful holiday. Homes are cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is believed that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps (diyas) to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Diwali lamps for sale in the market
Diwali lamps for sale in the market

Children have a holiday from school. Presents are given and delicious holiday food is prepared and exchanged. New clothes and jewellery are worn. Parties are held, and dice and card games are played. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to warn off evil spirits, so it is a noisy holiday too!

The last day of the holiday is a special day for brothers and sisters called Bhaiya-Dooj (or Bhaidooj, or Bhai Dooj). Brothers give special presents to their sisters, who cook for them and look after them. You'll find more about Bhaiya-Dooj below.

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Diwali Printables
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Diwali Puzzles
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Complete the Diwali Picture Puzzles
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Diwali Vocabulary Printables
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Diwali Handwriting Worksheets
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Bhaiya-Dooj activities
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Rangoli Activities for Kids
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Fun for Diwali

Here is a simplified version of the Jai Ho dance from the end of the film SlumDog Millionaire - it's a fun way to try out some Bollywood dance steps!

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Dancing at Diwali
Dancing at Diwali!

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