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Diwali – The Festival of Light

Diwali is the five- day Festival of Lights, celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs worldwide. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings celebrating the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.


Visit the website below to discover more about Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita.

Watch the video about Diwali and then read the  story of Rama and Sita before answering the questions below.



Task 1

Answer the following questions to check your understanding of Diwali (they are saved as a word document and pdf too)


Diwali comprehension

  1. In which season is Diwali celebrated in?
  2. What will happen if Lakshmi comes to your house at Diwali?
  3. What does she bring with her?
  4. Why does she have four arms?
  5. What is Diwali the festival of?
  6. How long does Diwali last?
  7. Name three things that happens during Diwali.
  8. Why are rangoli patterns placed on door steps?
  9. What does Diwali celebrate the return of?

Task 2


Retell the story of Rama and Sita in your own words – you could create a comic strip, a mini book or simply write it as a story (including illustrations).

Task 3

Create your own Rangoli pattern.


During Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns on the floor by the front door to encourage the goddess

Lakshmi to enter their homes.

  Rangoli can be square, rectangular, or circular and are made up of lots of different shapes.

Traditional Rangoli patterns are drawn using rice grains, flour, sand or chalk and are inspired by nature (peacocks, mango, flowers and swans are popular).                                                                                         


There are some Rangoli pattern templates below which you can print and complete or you can design one of your own.


I find it easier to draw a cross to create four quadrants and then use your knowledge of reflections to create a symmetrical repeating pattern.


Task 4

Imagine you are in India for Diwali – what would you see, how do you think you would feel?


Write a postcard home explaining the wonderful sights, the traditions and how it would feel to celebrate Diwali.


You can write your postcard in your exercise book or write on the word document below and attach it to your email.