This week in Reception we have been exploring the Hindu festival of Diwali. At the beginning of the week we found out about Rama and Sita through the sacred story. From reading the story we found out the meaning of Diwali and that it is known as 'The Festival of Lights'. It is tradition in India to decorate outside of the homes with little oil lamps known as Diva lamps during Diwali to remember the story of Rama and Sita and welcoming them back. We had a go at making our own Diva lamps using clay. Mrs Evans demonstrated the techniques to model the clay into a thumb pot and then we used the skills to make our very own Divas! We can't wait to decorate them next week!
During Diwali Hindu's clean their houses, wear their best clothes and make special foods. We had a go at making some Barfi's some tradition Indian sweets using coconut and condensed milk. Most of us enjoyed them during snack time!
We made Rangoli patterns using different resources.
In India the ladies decorate their skin with intricate patterns using Henna. The children in Reception had a go at designing some.