Celebrate Diwali

Deepam lightsDiwali is the Festival of Lights observed by several religions: Hindu, Sikh, Jain and some Buddhist countries. Diwali (or Deepavali) is on 12 November in 2023. SBS Learn provides resources for schools to celebrate the Festival of Lights and develop a greater understanding about the countries and cultures who celebrate this wonderful occasion! With step-by-step video instructions available in 7 languages other than English including Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Bangla, and Nepali.

This resource provides teachers and students with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the South Asian cultural celebration Diwali/Deepavali. It includes:

  • Information on understanding cultural knowledge around Diwali /Deepavali: the celebration, cultures, countries and those who celebrate;
  • Inclusive activities to reflect the cross-cultural connections which define the spirit of Diwali/Deepavali;
  • Practical activities for The Arts from Foundation to Year 10;
  • A list of materials to create your own artwork of a kolam/rangoli at school;
  • A video step-by-step guide making your own kolam/rangoli;
  • A video available in 8 languages, including: Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Bangla, Nepali and English;
  • Further resources to build more in-depth lesson plans.

Foundation to Year 10: Mathematics, English, The Arts, Languages.

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Kolam or Rangoli
Kolam or Rangoli – often painted on the ground at the entrance to a home or in the public square on occasion of Diwali


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