Diwali fun will be followed by Halloween antics at a Bright Kids nursery where youngsters have been getting into the spirit of the season. Children at the Studley setting enjoyed a range of activities to celebrate Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every Autumn. Youngsters at the nursery made their own rangoli patterns, which are colourful designs made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, Hindus draw bright rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.
Jemma Warring, apprentice and events organiser at the nursery, said the children enjoyed celebrating Diwali. “They all enjoyed making the rangoli patterns with colourful lentils, and it was a particular favourite with the Sunbeams,” she said. “As Diwali is the festival of lights we also made lanterns, which the children can take with them to carry on the celebrations at home.”
In the countries where Diwali is observed, millions of lights can be seen shining on rooftops, outside windows and doors as well as around temples and other community buildings. The date of Diwali changes each year as the day has to be calculated according to the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar. This year, Diwali is on this Sunday, October 30.
The party at the Bright Kids nursery continues on Monday when youngsters will be enjoying Halloween fun at the nursery. There will be plenty of googly eyes in jelly, pumpkin carving and a special tea party for all the children. Jemma added: “Even the youngest children will be getting involved as they will be feeling the inside of the pumpkins as a sensory play exercise. The children are looking forward to the Halloween party and will be getting into the spirit of the event by dressing up.”