Students share in culture experience

Nov. 13, was the day to celebrate Diwali with John Allison Elementary School.

Nov. 13

Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important festivals of the year, celebrated between October and November. The Hindu festival is usually a five day celebration in which small clay lamps are lit at night, homes are cleaned, people wear new clothing and snacks and gifts are shared amongst family members and friends.

Rangoli is a form of folk art from India. It is also known as Kolam.  Rangoli is a large part of the Diwali (Festival of Lights) celebration. Rangoli are usually created from coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand and flower petals. It is an important part of the spiritual process, symbolizing joy and happiness. Over the years, techniques and materials for making Rangoli have become more modernized reflecting traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area in which it is used. One purpose is for decoration, however some believe that it brings good luck. The  decorative designs are created on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Diwali and other Hindu celebrations. They designed for sacred welcoming areas for Hindu deities as well.