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
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
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
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Karen Chace 2021 ©
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