Greenwood is a proudly multicultural organisation, with our Educators and children representing cultures from all around the globe.
We encourage the children in our care to learn about different cultural practices, so that they can gain a broader understanding about the world and their place within it.
This month, all Greenwood Centres will be celebrating Diwali – the ‘festival of lights’ which is known as one of the ‘happiest holidays’ in the world. This is an ancient festival that is celebrated across India and Nepal each year.
Diwali at Greenwood – how to make Colourful Candles
To celebrate this culturally rich festival, every Greenwood Centre will be making colourful candles. Every child will have the opportunity to decorate their own colourful wax candle which they can then take home.
Children and their parents can then light the candle together that night before they sit down to dinner, as a symbol of bringing light to darkness and as a celebration of love and happiness.
If you’d like to make your own colourful candles at home, click here for How to make colourful candles instructions.
The Meaning of Diwali
Diwali is a five day festival that occurs every autumn (in the northern hemisphere) around October/November – this year it begins on Wednesday 11th November. The start of the festival coincides with the dark of the moon, which is significant because Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness. The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras.
On Diwali night, the custom is to light candles and lanterns inside and outside the home. Then, family and friends get together to exchange gifts and enjoy a feast with many sweets.
It is an opportunity for people to get together and celebrate life and love – with food, music and art also playing important part in the festivities.
Sydney Diwali Celebrations
The Diwali Fair is happening in Parramatta on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November. More details available at VisitNSW.com.au.