Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Celebrating Diwali: The Festival of Lights


Goddess Lakshmi
by Raja Ravi Varma

“Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“Diwali or Deepavali is one of the biggest and auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindus all around the globe. The festival of lights signifies peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness every day. It is one of the most symbolic Hindu festivals, and all the communities in the country celebrate it with much pomp. During this festival, people clean their homes, decorate every corner with lights, lamps, diyas, flowers, rangoli, and candles. Families also perform Lakshmi Puja and pray to the Goddess of wealth to bless them with health, wealth, and prosperity.”

Diwali, celebrated this year on November 4, is also known as the Festival of Lights. I offer you some story sites from India to help you celebrate.

Hitopadesha Tales - A compilation of short stories following the pattern of prose and verse.

Jataka Tales - These fables, written in 300 B.C. were intended to impart values of self-sacrifice, morality, honesty, and other values.

Celebrating the Country of India
This is an older blog post I shared in January of this year. It is full of wonderful resources consisting of  several story collections, along with individual stories, book selections, curriculum and more.

Here are some stories of light from around the world.


The Blue Light – Germany

The Buried Moon - England

The Goddess of Light - Canada

Light Makes Prosperity - India

Crow Brings Daylight – Native American – Inuit

The Origin of Light – Native American

Raven Steals the Light – Native American


21 Children’s Books About Diwali

The best Diwali books to share the Festival of Lights with your child

PBS – Celebrate Diwali with Books!


Diwali Diya Mobile  

Diwali Door Hanging - Traditional embroidered door hanging to welcome visitors and hopefully the Goddess of Fortune Lakshmi.

Diwali Coloring Pages


100 Diwali Recipes


8 Easy Diwali Crafts for Kid

Diwali in History

The Lesser Known Stories about Diwali

National Geographic – Diwali is India’s most important holiday



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