The Lower School experienced a beautiful assembly celebrating the Indian holiday of Diwali, the Festival of Lights! Lower School students learned that Diwali is the biggest and brightest of festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all over the world.
Lower School students of all ages taught us that Diwali commemorates the victory of good over evil, and is a time for new beginnings and the Indian New Year. Many people celebrate by going to the temple and offering sweets to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
During our assembly, students who celebrate Diwali shared their traditions through song, dance and story. After a brief lesson about the significance and origin of Diwali, pre-school through fifth grade boys and girls performed a series of fun Indian dances set to popular Bollywood music. The energy in the room was incredibly joyful as children in the audience celebrated along with the performers by clapping and waving their arms with tremendous enthusiasm.
The response of the audience showed how much the Lower School students appreciate the opportunity to learn about other cultures and celebrate with one another! This beautiful assembly helped us learn about a holiday important to so many of our students and their families, and we are most grateful to the families who organized, performed and helped us celebrate! Happy Diwali!