The past couple of weeks have been leading up to Diwali. The Festival of Lights. New Years. Diwali officially begins on October 24th.
We are actually beginning a week long holiday to celebrate Diwali. I've started packing and while I wait for a final load of laundry to finish and listen to bangs and pops of fireworks; it's a great time to share some of the things I've learned and ways I've celebrated already.
|Decorating with garlands.|
|Close-up of the garlands, photo courtesy of Kelli Thexton|
|Rangoli artist, photo courtesy of Aimee Martins|
|Kelli, Andrea, Nancy and our first Diwali at ASB|
|Ganesha, rangoli and diyas.|
|Elementary girls with bindis before they dance, photo courtesy of Aimee Martins|
|Demons and Kings, photo courtesy of Aimee Martins|
Two bangs...an assembly.
|Faculty and parent dancers, photo courtesy of Aimee Martins|
|The story of Ram and how he saved his wife Sita, photo courtesy of Kelli Thexton|
|Ram fighting the demons, photo courtesy of Aimee Martins|
|Good conquers evil, photo courtesy of Kelli Thexton|
Before I moved to India, I'd heard of Diwali but didn't know much about it at all. Luckily, I've got my guides who've taught me lots along the way.
Last night I went with Heeru, Barbara, Andrea and Debbie to Mahim. Another suburb of Mumbai. Barbara and Heeru organized our visit to see lovely lanterns.
|The characters reminded me of Korea.|
|Both sides of the street were lined with stalls.|
|Colorful rangoli flour|
|Heeru and Debbie|
|Heeru and Barbara with lanterns for the library|
|Lots of purchases.|
|Happy Diwali India!|
Outside my apartment window, it looks to me more like Christmas does outside Chicago. There are strings of colored lights on balconies. Lanterns also shine outside windows.
Diwali is also a gift giving holiday. I didn't quite have my act together but my colleagues did.
|Heeru's Diwali gifts.|
Thanks to my teachers and friends who've made my first Diwali here very special. Happy New Year!
One final bang.
Lately I've been reading a lot about reading and 21st century schools. And I've learned a few things.
I realize that if people really want to know specifics about things, we can just Google them so I haven't given a lot of background in this post. I'm leaving up to the interested parties to gather the info as I think there are lots of great sources who share it much more accurately and just plain better than I can. You'll see there are hyperlinks throughout so learn as much or as little as you like.
Also, that this post is really long. In a world where we point and click so quickly, posting something like this isn't kosher. So, I'm working on shorter posts and working on changing up my blog a bit to reflect that. Please bear with me as I make those changes as I think we'll all like this a lot more.