Our community honored Diwali last week by decorating our middle school courtyard with colorful rangoli (chalk art) and coming together for a music-filled celebration at our elementary campus. 4th graders led their classmates through a beautiful Hindi song with motions while playing hand drums, cymbals, xylophones, and melodica.
Diwali is a five-day festival of lights that celebrates the Hindu lunar new year. This year’s new moon was Monday, October 24, the darkest day and the biggest day of festivities. People light candles, called diya, that symbolize dispelling darkness and going into light. These lights also welcome Rama and Sita back from their 14-year exile. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jain, Buddhists, and Sikh people worldwide, including in places where much of the Indian diaspora resides.
Happy Diwali, everyone!