“Curious Yara: What is Deepavali and why people celebrate it” is a Deepavali story that explains the meaning of Deepavali and why people celebrate it. This story is more appropriate to introduce to older children due to its complexity.
Book Title: Curious Yara: What is Deepavali and why people celebrate it | A Deepavali Story
Author: Teacher Sherilyn
Central Topic/Theme: Deepavali, Indian culture
Yara asked her grandma “What Deepavali is and why people celebrate it”. Yara’s grandma explained to her the meaning of Deepavali and told her a story of Festival’s origin.
Questions to ask
- What does Deepavali mean?
- Why do some people celebrate it?
- Who took Sita from Rama and Lakshman?
- How did Rama defeat Ravana?
- What did the people put on their windows to serve as light?
- Rangoli. Create a rangoli using colored rice. Watch the instruction here on how to color the rice and make a rangoli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDl67YgpyrI.
- Oil lamp using recycled materials. Make a “diya” or an oil lamp using empty yogurt cups. See this link for the instruction: https://teachersherilyn.com/2019/10/18/deepavali-art-and-craft-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR06PQdc8VubBnsT7Gv2Sn1PgdYwEArG-uKruCBG83sBq_2xS_IjZ07mJT8.
- Toran. “Toran” is a decorative element used by the Hindus to welcome the goddess of wealth. View the instruction how to make a “toran” in this link: https://teachersherilyn.com/2018/11/19/toran-making-for-preschool-children/.