Friday, November 20, 2015

Celebrating Diwali

 We have started celebrating the season now.  It's early or so it feels like it is early this year.   This year, more than ever we wanted to embrace the many ways in which our families and staff celebrate the season.  Yesterday, our Cork street campus got to visit the Hindu Temple next door and learn about how Ms. Madhuri and others are celebrating Diwali.  
 As you can imagine, the Temple is quite beautiful and the children were very quiet and taken with all that they saw.  The statues were explained in great detail to the children and the many offerings laid out and why.
 We have been talking with the children about the Festival of Lights know as Diwali.  Diwali is observed on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu Calendar.
 We noticed that Ms. Madhuri had beautiful henna on her hands following her Lakshmi Puja celebration which heads in to the Diwali celebration and we asked her if she would like to do it in the classroom for the children.  As you can imagine, the children LOVED it!  Ms. Madhuri will be coming to our Quinpool Cmapus to do Henna for our children and we will also be heading to the temple next week to get our visit in also.
 Ms. Madhuri made her own Henna so as not to use chemicals on the children.
What a lovely reminder every time you look at your hands about how lucky we are to experience all the ways in which our families and staff celebrate the season.  We will also be talking about Hanukkah, Christmas and Winter Solstice.  Bring on the Celebrations I say!

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