Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a major holiday celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world to mark new beginnings and the triumph of good.
Diwali is a four-day celebration from October 25-29th, and you can celebrate Diwali with us through stories, by making diyas and rangoli art, and henna on Saturday, October 19 from 2-4 pm at Davis Library. There is limited parking on the library grounds, but there is parking nearby on Caravan Drive. Be prepared for a crowd!
Diyas are lamps usually made from clay with a wick. For Diwali, houses are usually decorated with diyas places around entrances and boundaries. Rangoli art is created with patterns using items such as colorful rice, sand and flower petals, and is thought to bring good luck.
Want to learn more about Diwali? Check out some of the books we have available to explore this cultural celebration:
- Diwali by Nancy Dickmann (2011)
- Diwali by Rebecca Pettiford (2015)
- Diwali: Festival of Lights by Rina Singh (2016)
- Prince of Fire: the Story of Diwali by Jatinder Verma (2016)
- It’s Diwali! by Richard Sebra (2017)
- Diwali Lights by Rina Singh (2018), board book
- Diwali by Hannah Eliot (2018), board book
- Shubh Diwali! by Chitra Soundar (2019)
- Baby’s First Diwali (2019), board book