Festivals of Light
Our very first House Meeting for the new school year had a theme of Festivals of Light.
We looked at the Hindu New Year Festival of Light.
The festivial of Lights is held in honour of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Hindus prey to Lakshmi to bring them good luck in the New Year. They leave lamps and lights burning on their doorsteps to show Lakshmi that she is welcome in their house.
Diwali is about filling their homes with light and letting go of the gloom and darkness. During their celebrations, they give gifts to each other, put out lots of coloured lights, lamps and candles and set off fireworks.
We also looked at Bonfire Night. It helps us to remember that Guy Fawkes and a group of plotters tried to blow up the Houses of Parliment in 1605. They filled the Basement with barrels of gunpowder hoping to kill King James and his leaders. On the 5th of November, Guy Fawkes was found in the cellar and was arrested. To celebrate that he had survived, King James ordered that the people of England should have a great bonfire on the 5th Novemeber.
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Some of the activities we completed helped us remember what the Festivals of Light were all about.
~ Rangoli Pattern Plates ~
~ Conker Firework Pictures ~
~ Pastel Firework Skies ~
~ Glitter Glue Fireworks ~
~ Marshmallow Fireworks ~