November 7, 2017

Diwali: The Festival of Lights

On Wednesday, October 25, Oakwood Elementary School celebrated its first Diwali, the most celebrated Indian holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights. As part of the festivities, the pathway and entrance to the gym were decorated with beautiful Rangoli, a traditional Indian decorative art made with colored powder, and fresh flowers. To the exciting sound of an Indian drummer playing the Dhol, students entered the gym and set the tone of this lively celebration. A line of Diyas (decorative clay candle holders) with flickering candles welcomed the children to a festive setting. The assembly began with an explanation of Diwali, why it is known as the Festival of Lights, and the celebratory traditions that surround this special holiday.

This was followed by an amazing performance by several Indian dancers dressed in beautiful Indian costumes, who performed Indian classical dance, Bollywood dance, and Punjabi folk dance. The dancers taught a few Indian dance moves to all students, teachers, and staff and had them dancing on their feet along with them at the end—the energy and excitement in the gym was electric!

The celebrations ended with a “Taste of India,” offering the students and staff some of the typical Indian snacks and sweets that are prepared for Diwali.  The tables were beautifully decorated with colorful sarees and Indian décor.

All in all, it was a spectacular celebration, one to remember, and it all came together with the help of a group of parents/families of Indian origin who were very excited to share their Indian heritage with Oakwood!

Enjoy this gallery of photos from the celebration!