Learning About Diwali

Appreciation of other cultures requires nurturing our sense of tolerance and acceptance. The more we understand and appreciate each other, the more we strengthen the social fabric of our city and our schools.

Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights. While the holiday of Diwali originated in India, it is celebrated around the world today.

The date of Diwali falls either in October or November of each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. Diwali traditions are as varied as the people and places that celebrate it, and while traditions vary from region to region, some common rituals of the autumn holiday include cleaning and preparing the home prior to Diwali night.

This guide provides opportunities to recognize and celebrate Diwali with students. Lesson ideas for all grade levels are included.

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