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We have been celebrating Diwali, the Hindu ‘festival of lights’. We learnt about the traditions of this special festival and discovered that Diwali is a New Year celebration when Indian families pray for good luck and prosperity by lighting rows of lamps called ‘divas’. We enjoyed designing and making our own diva lamps, creating traditional rangoli patterns with chalks on the floor outside and decorating mehndi design with jewels, gem stones and sparkles. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and re-enacted this traditional story of good overcoming evil in our PE lesson. Back in class, we loved dressing up in real saris to dance to ‘Bollywood’ music wearing Indian jewellery, bells and bindis!