Diwali festival of lights is a religious Hindu festival and it is celebrated for different reasons, but all have a common thread of celebrating the victory of good over evil, and of light over darkness.
What kids learn from Diwali festival?
Diwali usually starts with the Brahmamuhurta(roughly one-and-a-half hours before sunrise) and that’s usually around 4:00 a.m. Waking up during the Brahmamuhurta is a great blessing for health, ethical discipline, mind and body efficiency. So, as a parent if you are tired of trying to get your child to wake up early every morning, use this Diwali as an opportunity. Make it a discipline EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE.
Introduce your kids to Divinity and cultivate spirit of Gratitude. Understanding concept of God can be a little tricky for a toddler, at this point they just need to develop faith in God. For that you can tell stories of divine grace from all religions. You can show animated divine stories which kids will find more interesting. Also, take them to places of worship and teach them the importance of prayer. Try to have regular prayer sessions at home. Make sure that you model prayer for your kids. Teach them some mantras like ‘om’, ‘gayatri mantra’ etc. Gayatri mantra is one of the powerful mantras and memory power and concentration improves with this powerful mantra. Help your kids to learn this mantra, you can do it daily as your bedtime prayer. Along with this mantra, ask your kids to express gratitude to God for each day and night. Every night, before sleep ask them ‘What are they grateful for today?’.They will turn up with sweet, strange, and silly answers. So, turn this into an opportunity to do quality talk with your child making them feel that their thoughts and words are understood and valued. Slowly and slowly your kid will understand the power of prayers in their lives.
Tell your kids the story about Lord Ram and why we celebrate Diwali. Lord Ram is the perfect example of how important it is to be humble and gentle. Explain kids the importance of ‘Excuse me’, ‘Please’, & ‘Sorry’. Every time your child makes a humble expression, don’t forget to appreciate it.
Diwali signifies happiness, the joy of togetherness and it also gives an opportunity for children to seek the blessings of elders and to learn to respect them. Make your kids learn the importance of giving respect to elders. Teach them how to greet elders, in Indian tradition we say the word ‘Namaste’ and ‘Pranam’. Make it their habit to say these words whenever they meet friends and family.
Talking about happiness, when do we feel truly happy? By getting what we want or by giving what we have to the needy? True happiness comes from the little act of kindness, right? You can use Diwali to teach your child the art of giving. Tell them about orphanage, poor and needy people and how we can help them. Also, try to enculcate feeling of love and affection for animals as well. For example, you can take kids with you when you are going to an orphanage or old age homes. Let your kids see the happiness on the faces of those who receive the gifts.
Baby Bitsy willingly gives her dresses which goes smaller in size and she mostly goes with her Dad to donate her colthes and shoes. In UK you have donation boxes where you can donate your clothes for the needy, see below images.
Hope you liked this article. May this beautiful festival of Diwali fills your hearts with joy, and invoke the breath of renewed faith, hope and determination.