This week our Year 6 children learnt more about Diwali, which will be celebrated this year on Saturday 14th November. Diwali is a five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.
As part of their Wednesday afternoon of AFP (Activities, Fixtures, PSHE) sessions, our Year 6 children designed their own Rangoli patterns. These types of patterns are traditionally drawn at the entrance of homes with materials such as coloured rice, sand, quartz powder or flower petals and are believed to create calm and bring good luck to their households.
Our Year 6 children all worked really well together to create their Rangoli patterns, creating designs outside the various entrances of our school building to bring good fortune for all the children, teachers and staff at King’s St Alban’s.
Children also learned about Mehndi and Henna, a form of body art and temporary skin decoration originating in India, and how it is applied during a number of Hindu and Muslim festivals and weddings. Children explored their creativity by drawing around their hands and creating their own intricate designs.
It was great to see our children learn more about Diwali and understand more about cultures from around the world.