In honor of Diwali, we’ve been celebrating through music, movement, and art!
One of our first graders bravely opened our Diwali assembly with a traditional Indian dance. Guest percussionist Jim Santi Owen and his students taught us about the tabla and played a mesmerizing traditional composition in a seven beat rhythm cycle called Rupak. And all together we joined the musicians in singing Diwali Song by Sri Karunamayee.
Diwali is a festival of lights and represents the new year. It is the spiritual symbol for “the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” It is usually celebrated by Hindus in India and falls on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik. These days, Diwali can be celebrated all over the world by anyone and everyone.
Each day of the Diwali celebration has a different story associated with the gods and goddesses of Hinduism. We celebrate by lighting deepas, which are tea lights that represent Rama, Sita, and Lakshmen coming back from living in the forest for 14 years. We also draw rangolis with colorful chalk that represent happiness, liveliness, and positivity. The next time you’re on campus, check out our students’ rangolis decorating the Tapscott courtyard!