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Celebrating Diwali at TopKids Avondale

07 Nov 2018

Celebrating Diwali at TopKids Avondale
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Today at TopKids Avondale our infants and toddlers immersed in celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance and sharing joy and happiness. As we cater to such a diverse range of children many of our families and local communities celebrate Diwali and we were very happy to participate in this cultural celebration.  Celebrations begun with one of our parents Reshma spending time at the centre teaching our Head Teacher Sam how to make Rangoli.  Rangoli is beautiful art made from coloured powder and is thought to bring good luck. The creation they made together was beautiful and very colourful, thank you Reshma!

Celebrations and discoveries continued with our tamariki and kaiako arriving dressed in cultural attire.  The rooms were shimmering with sparkle and colour and everyone looked so beautiful.   Tamariki participated in painting Diya’s which are small lamps made from clay. We then decorated our room with these creations. Tamariki also participated in making Rangoli which quickly turned into a fun messy experience.  We also made some Ladoo which are Indian sweets made from coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Tamariki had a great sensory experience as they smelled and tasted all of the ingredients to make the delicious sweets.  

We then had two more of our lovely parents join us in the celebrations.  Kalpanaben and Sarita both celebrated with us, offering Tamariki some Henna, creating beautiful designs of art. The mehndi looked absolutely amazing and was a fascinating experience for both tamariki and kaiako.  We also enjoyed more Indian treats which were brought in by one of our parents Binal, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

These cultural rich experiences provide our tamariki and whanau at Top Kids Avondale opportunities to share their own culture and for others to embrace and learn about others cultures.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the unique and diverse cultures in Aotearoa.