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Diwali comes to Robinson House

- November 14, 2012

We love a celebration at The Infants' Home and this week we have all been a little bit Hindu.

Vasuki makes sure Nicole's sari is just right before the dancing begins. 
 


Diwali – popularly known as the “festival of lights” – is a five-day festival which in Australia's calendar falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

  

(L) Lata hands out the Diwali goodies to children (R) Morgan gets  to work on some Hindu artwork.
 


For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.

Nicole and one of her young apprentices practice some dancing.
 


The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is Sanskrit which translates into “row of lamps”.

Diwali involves lighting small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.

These lamps are kept on during the night and people clean their houses to ward off evil spirits and make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.

Robyn and Lesley have their hands full with some very eager Diwali celebrants.
 


During Diwali, all the people celebrating wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family and friends.

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