This Wednesday is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, and one of the largest and brightest festivals in India.
We are so fortunate to have a wonderful Diwali book on Storytime, The Diwali Gift by 3 Curious Monkeys.
Families come together around the holidays. For anyone separated from their loved ones this Diwali, instead of just a regular call you can have a more meaningful connection by reading this special story together. Even if you don’t celebrate Diwali, this book provides a great educational opportunity to help your children learn about another culture.
Below is a suggested reading guide for 3 Curious Monkeys - we hope you enjoy it!
Step 1: Briefly explain Diwali
"Today we’re going to read a book about Diwali, a very important holiday especially in India and all over the world. Diwali is the festival of lights, and is about light winning over dark. Diwali is celebrated on a very dark night when there’s a new moon, so people light lamps to light up the night. Diwali is a special holiday when people wear their nicest clothes, decorate their homes with lights, and exchange candy and presents. During Diwali, people think about the good things they would like to happen in the next year"
Step 2: Read The Diwali Gift in Storytime
Open Storytime on your iPad or iPhone. You will find The Diwali Gift featured at the top of your bookstore.
Step 3: Point out the following in the book
- Dekho thinks the box has sparklers. Many children light sparklers on Diwali night. People also shoot fireworks into the sky.
- Suno thinks the box has bangles. People dress in their nicest clothing for Diwali night. A lehenga (lehenga) is a fancy skirt.
- Jaano thinks the box has diyas. Diyas are small oil lamps that people light on Diwali night
- Talk about the pictures engraved on the coin: Laxmi (luckshmi) is the Goddess of prosperity and wealth, and Ganesh (Gunesh) is the God of new beginnings. He has an elephant’s head.
- Point out the rangoli (rungoli), colorful floor art that Jaano is putting the diyas around
- Explain how the coins will bring Suno, Dekho, and Jaano good luck in the next year. The friends will hold their coins, and wish for something that they hope will come true.
Happy Diwali from our family to yours!