On November 11, 2015 in India, Diwali – the festival of lights was in full swing! Everyone was making sand art (called Rangoli) on their doorsteps and so were we!
We were making boxes for sweets while they were saying their prayers to Lakshmi. The reason Diwali is called the festaval of lights is because of the clay lamps they light outside people’s homes and the bonfires & fireworks symbolizing the inner light that will protect us from spiritual darkness. It is the biggest festival in India.
Our favorite part of the day was the sand paintings because of the skill it took to make them and how amazing they were. It was a study of impermanent art since that very night a rainstorm came through and our art disappeared! The designs from India, by the way, were 10,ooo times better than ours!! Of course, they had proper tools and we had paper cups and small sticks. This is one of our favorite world holidays!
These boxes are free printable from http://www.thetoymaker.com/Holidays/Diwali/Diwali.html
This is a great video on Diwali: