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Events: Diwali Paper Lanterns

Diwali Facts

Facts about Diwali

  • The word Diwali (or Deepavali as it’s sometimes called) means “row of lights”. During this festival, people decorate their homes with lights and oil lamps, called diyas.

An example of Diyas

  • Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains.

  • Diwali takes place annually and lasts for five days, marking the start of the Hindu New Year.

  • Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment.

  • Decorations with rangolis, intricate patterns made from colored powder, rice, or flowers, are common in many homes.

An example of a Rangoli

 

Lantern 1 Instructions

Lantern #1

 

This lantern is based on the one created in this YouTube video.

Videos on Diwali

Lantern 2 Instructions

Lantern #2

 

This lantern is based on the one created in this YouTube video.

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