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.
You can celebrate Diwali with us through stories, by making diyas and toran, and henna on Sunday, October 24 from 2-3:30 pm at Schimelpfenig Library. This program is ticketed, so show up 30 minutes beforehand to get your ticket.
Diyas are lamps usually made from clay with a wick. For Diwali, houses are usually decorated with diyas places around entrances and boundaries. Toran is a traditional hanging seen in Indian households during festive occasions, like Diwali.
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)
- 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
- Happy Diwali! by Sanyukta Mathur (2021)
- Archie Celebrates Diwali by Mitali Banerjee Ruths (2021)
Ready to have some fun? Hear Diwali stories, make diyas and toran, and get henna on Sunday, October 24 from 2-3:30 pm at Schimelpfenig Library.