Diwali, one of the most favourite festival of us Indians, is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm in the country. People look forward to this festival with great eagerness. Diwali derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’. It is a combination of two words – ‘deepa’ meaning light and ‘avali’ meaning ‘series’. Diwali marks the end of darkness and the spread of light. Lamps and diyas mark the onset of this colourful festival.
Preparations for Diwali begin way in advance – houses are cleaned and decorated, savouries and sweets are prepared. During the festival, people visit each other to exchange greetings and warm wishes for new beginnings. Children enjoy lighting sparklers. As parents, you can encourage your kids to have an eco-friendly Diwali and stay away from bursting fireworks.
Festivals are a great way to enhance bonding within the family and creating an environment of joy and happiness. This Diwali, involve your kids in all the rituals and the festivities and make it a Diwali to remember for them.
Here are five ways to have a memorable Diwali with kids
1. Engage your kids in decorating the house
‘Decorating the house’ is one of the significant elements when it comes to Diwali celebrations. Once the house is cleaned spick and span, we plan on decorating it for the occasion. This Diwali, plan the decorations with your kids. Ideate with them about the kind of lights or props they would like. Involve them in making different lanterns and rangolis. Set aside a weekend for the entire family to decorate the home together.
2. Make diyas with your kids
Diyas represent Diwali. During Diwali, the houses are lit-up with numerous Diyas to reflect the festivity. You can buy the standard mud coloured diyas from the market and get your kids to decorate them. You can seek their help in choosing a wide variety of diyas. You can facilitate them with colours, beads, mirror, and more to make beautiful designs on diyas. When you will use their handmade diyas to decorate the house, not only the diya but even their faces would light up with happiness 🙂
3. Make Rangolis with them
Another essential element of Diwali is the Rangoli. Rangolis are the colourful designs made at the entrance of the house to welcome guests. You can teach your kids to make some simple and beautiful designs on their own or you can let them help you while you make one. Use organic colours available in the market that are not harsh or harmful. You can alternatively also teach them to make flower rangoli. Your children are sure to get excited about this activity.
4. Make sweets and savouries with them
Diwali is incomplete without the delicious Indian sweets and savouries. Traditionally, there is a custom to exchange homemade sweets and snacks with relatives and friends. If your child is fond of cooking or even eating, the days before Diwali would be a great time to indulge his/her secret MasterChef. You can involve them by seeking their help in preparing and distributing the festive food.
PS: Making their favourite delicacy will surely elate them.
5. Switch to Pollution Free Celebrations
Educate your children about the harmful effects of firecrackers on the environment and animals. Most of the older children shall understand and agree, however, to keep the tradition and fun going, you can let them have a sparkler or two; especially if your child is too young to understand the after effects of bursting crackers.
Involving your kids in the festivities will make them feel entrusted and boost their zeal. While they are engaged in all the fun with you tell them the story behind the festival and its significance. This will make the entire experience meaningful. Let this Diwali strengthen your family bond.