Last week, people all over the world celebrated Diwali. Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. Each religion marks different historical events and stories.

Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. They also celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.

Sikhs particularly celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh in 1619. But Sikhs celebrated the festival before this date.

For their Enrichment Homework this week, Years 3 and 4 were tasked to create a piece of artwork to celebrate Diwali. They produced some wonderful artwork. We had Diya lamps, Rangoli patterns, and firework pictures – some of which you can see below. Mrs Patel-Timmins was very impressed with the standard of work that was handed in – well done to all who took part!

Happy Diwali and Nutan Varshabhinandan!

Mrs Patel-Timmins