Diwali - Festival of Lights

Image: Diwali (Festival of lights)! by peddhapati on Flickr

Also known as the Festival of Lights, this Hindu festival is held between October and November. Associated with, Lakshmi Goddess of Prosperity, this celebration is also known as Dipawali. These resources have been selected to support this popular topic - Diwali. SCIS 1698364

See also: Festivals and Celebrations


Diwali Facts

Lots of fun facts about the festival of Diwali.

Suggested Level: primary
www.factmonster.com/spot/diwali1.html


 

Hinduism Religion

Facts and general information about the religious aspects of Diwali.

Suggested Level: primary, intermediate
http://hinduism.about.com/od/diwalifestivaloflights/a/diwali.htm


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers use the search term Diwali.

Suggested Level: primary, intermediate
http://manyanswers.co.nz


Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

To discover information and images about the Indian Festival of Lights, Diwali use the search term Diwali.

Suggested Level: primary, intermediate
www.teara.govt.nz/en


EPIC

Britannica Online School Edition provides information on popular festivals and holidays around the world. School log-on and password required.

Suggested Level: primary, intermediate
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Lights for Gita, by Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Alice Priestley (picture book)
Premlata and the Festival of Lights, by Rumer Godden (junior fiction)

Video

Diwali – Festival of lights, National Geographic, Youtube, 3.05
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrrW3rO51ak

Diwali and new beginnings, BBC Bitesize, 6.08
www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zn9k2hv