Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lesson Plan: Celebrating Diwali

Happy Diwali to all!  Diwali actually lasts for five days, but it is the third day that is supposed to be the most special.  That is the day that Hindus light candles and lamps throughout their house in order to attract Lashmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune, to come visit.  If she does, the coming year is supposed to be abundant and lucky.

So for our latest World Religions class, where we are studying Hinduism, the students made Diwali diyas, or ceramic candle holders, in preparation for the big event.  I don't know about everyone else, but we lit my son's for dinner tonight, as we ate some homemade chicken tikka masala on basmati brown rice with stir fried vegetables to celebrate.

I forget sometimes how much middle school students still like creating things with clay.  Every time we have a clay project, it is always a big hit.

See below for some of the students' creations:

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