As the students explored the rich history of Ancient India, they had the chance to delve deeper into understanding India’s longstanding culture. Through our whole class discussions, the students came to the conclusion that culture influences many aspects of one’s life–from one’s religious beliefs to what is placed on one’s dinner table.
As lucky may have it, the students were able to celebrate one of the most popular Hindu holidays just days before U.N Day! After gaining more insight in to this holiday through informative videos, as well as through creating their own decorations–paper plate rangolis. The students were able to celebrate Diwali, also known as the festival of lights.
One of the many reasons why Hindus celebrate Diwali, is based on the story of King Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, who return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. While Diwali is celebrated for many reasons, it ultimately signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
With the help of the Middle School Science teacher, Ms. Madhu, the Gr. 4 students were able to transport themselves into a Hindu home, set with colorful lights, an altar to Laskshmi, as well as authentic Indian food courtesy of Mrs. Ingram and Mrs. Guerrero.
To learn a little more about Diwali, here are some helpful websites and videos to shed light on this wonderful festival: