At Glenavon Early Childhood Centre, it was a special event day for children and families on 27th October as they joined together to celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights and Indian New Year. Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness.
The interior of the preschool was adorned beautifully with sarees and ethnic Indian artefacts, and children made diyas (clay lamps), which decorated the banquet table. Tamariki and whanau were engaged in several ethnic experiences including henna, rangoli, block printing, singing, cooking and learning about the story of Diwali, and its significance. Parents and teachers provided a sumptuous feast for everyone to partake in traditional Indian food.
It was a truly memorable day that brought our diverse families from different continents together! A happy event for all that marks the beginning of more upcoming festivities at the pre-school, as we head into the spirit of Christmas.