If someone were to ask your kids “What is Diwali?” or “Why do you celebrate Diwali?” – what answer would they give?

I’ve been mulling over this quite a bit – with Diwali on the horizon, there is much excitement and buzz in our house as we decorate, layout clothes and prepare for classroom presentations.  I’m sure they’d like to share this excitement with their school friends.  But if they can’t properly answer the question of What is Diwali?, this will only serve to delegitimize the holiday in everyone’s eyes.

So my goal this week is to make sure my kids can answer this question. They know about the various legends and what the “diya” represents (see previous posts here and here), but here is a simple response that I finally came up with:

We celebrate the goodness in everyone with beautiful lights.

What do you think?  How would you teach your kids to respond?

image: Goan Streetz of Diwali by Piety D’Silvavia Fine Art America


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4 Responses to “Diwali in Less Than 10 Words”

  1. Palak Says:

    My kids are almost 2 and 3. We tell them an abbreviated (and highly animated) version of the Ramayana which ends with everybody having light candles to help Ram find his way home. We teach them that we ‘light up the house during Diwali to welcome God to our home’. Which translates into ‘wecom home jai jai’ in toddler speak.

  2. Neera Says:

    Very nice, but I think my sons won’t understand it now. May be I have to wait for one more year. :)

  3. MomWithaDot Says:

    I love your one line description. Good wins over evil is the message I constantly tell my 7 yr old about all festivals. Its universal, can’t argue with that 😀

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