Kindergarten Diwali Celebration

Written by Caroline Rollins
Lovett Kindergarteners celebrated Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, on Tuesday. Typically lasting five days during the Hindu Lunisolar month (mid-October through mid-November), Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
Lovett's annual celebration, sponsored by the Lovett International Alliance (LIA), teaches students the background of Diwali and how it is celebrated—through lighting candles, lighting firecrackers, and meeting family and friends to exchange greetings and gifts.  
The students started their day in chapel, where they participated in a processional of lights and listened to presentations on Diwali. They also raised over $300 for Raksha Inc. to help Atlanta-based South Asian communities suffering from domestic violence. 
The celebrations continued in the Multi-purpose room, where students watched a video, listened to a parent speaker share her favorite Diwali traditions, played games, enjoyed treats, and made crafts including a traditional toran: a decorative door hanging designed to welcome guests visiting during Diwali. 
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