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Friday, 20 October 2017

Room 5 Making Rangoli Patterns to Celebrate Diwali - The Indian New Year

Celebrating Diwalwith Rangoli

Yesterday was Diwali. It is also known as the Indian New Year or the Festival of Lights. Hindus celebrate Diwali every year. It is even an official holiday in countries like India, Nepal, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In Hinduism, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance. 

Rangoli patterns are drawn on the floor of living rooms and courtyards. It is made using coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand, flour petals or chalk. Making rangoli is thought to bring good luck. 

Check out some of our own rangoli designs below.


Fereti
Metui
Tsai drawing a pair of hands coming together which symbolise 'greetings' for Hindus.
Savannah
Orlando
Above: Savannah, Fereti, Metui and Orlando making diyas for the festival of lights.


Zion
Ana


Below: Room 5 students next to their rangoli patterns.

Ana and Tsai
Nitika


Eh Htoo Wah
Mariah





Keru and Vaka





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