Today the WMS students learned about the Diwali holiday celebration. The students, together with their teachers, took care of the decorations, gave a presentation and performed a Bollywood dance.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of light, celebrated every year which normally lasts for 5 days in India. It is a moving holiday, falling around mid-autumn, at the end of October and the beginning of November. This is when darkness comes earlier and earlier and the nights become longer. The date of Diwali is determined by the Hindu calendar, according to which the month begins just after the full moon. This holiday has a different name in different parts of India; Diwali or Dipawali.
Diwali is celebrated all over India, except in a few southern states where Dipawali is celebrated. The word “dipawali” means a row of clay lamps lit in front of homes, as a symbol of the victory of good over evil. The entire event is one of the most important traditional holidays celebrated in India. It is celebrated very lavishly, accompanied by numerous cultural events, prayers, eating and preparing food together, and spending time with family and friends.