Diwali may be virtual this year, but that doesn't mean it is any less fun! Here are 5 things you can do for the 5 days of Diwali to build the light amid the dark!
Day 1: Dhanteras
Let's kick things off with some color! Head over to the main VedInk page and download the Dhanteras coloring book where your kids can practice their fine motor skills while also learning a little bit about the true meaning of Dhanteras.
Day 2: Kali Chaudas
What would Diwali be without a little bit of Rangoli? Here are some different ways you can bring Rangoli into your homes.
Rangoli plates. Use a paper plate and some markers to make a Rangoli plate. You can then hang the plate around your house as Diwali decor!
Chalk Rangoli. If you are in an eco-conscious mood, then you can scrap the paper and just use the driveway as your canvas.
Glue Rangoli. If you want to mimic a more classic Rangoli look, but you have a smaller kid at home, then glue Rangoli may be the right choice for you. First off, get some glitter, colored sand or make your own sand using salt and food dye. Print out a Rangoli pattern or draw one yourself on paper. Use the glue to stick the colored glitter/sand/salt to the paper.
Classic Rangoli. Go old school. Make a chalk outline in front of your door and then fill it in using colored sand.
** You can also tell your kid some classic Diwali stories while you are doing this activity. Tell them about Krishna's victory over Narkasur or Ram's victory over Ravan.
Day 3: Diwali
Diwali has a lot of different origin stories depending on where in India you are from. The one thread that ties all the different stories together is the victory of Good over Evil. Now, this can be a difficult concept to explain to your kid, so we made a story to help simplify this concept. Check this out on the main VedInk page!
Day 4: Bestu Varas (New Year's)
Again, depending on where in India you are from, you may celebrate the 4th day of Diwali a little different. In Gujarat, where I am from, we celebrate it as New Years! One of my favorite New Year's traditions is visiting family and friends in the nearby area. With COVID, that won't be possible this year. But you can still do Zoom hangouts with family and friends from around the world.
You can also take this time to make a list of New Year's resolutions with your kid. You are never too young to have dreams, so have your kid write them down. Then hang up that list on the fridge or in their room so they have a goal to grow towards the whole year.
**In many parts of India, this day is celebrated as Govardhan Pooja as well. If you have some extra free time, share the story of Krishna and the Govardhan mountain with your kid.
Day 5: Bhai Beej
Whether you have a sibling or not, you can still celebrate Bhai Beej. Check out the Bhai Beej coloring book on the main VedInk page and follow along with Vyom as he learns the true meaning of Bhai Beej.