In October, the third and fifth grade classes got together to celebrate Diwali. The fifth grade has been studying Ancient India and the celebration of this Indian festival of light is a perfect way to bring the curriculum to life. Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The fifth graders taught us some beautiful bajans (ancient Indian call and response songs, sung in Sanskrit).
Special thanks to Gurpreet Sohol and her daughter Guneet of the third grade, who hosted our festival. Dressed in lovely traditional Indian dresses, Mrs. Sohol and Guneet, being of Indian descent, taught us the history and meaning of Diwali. Guneet wrote in Punjabi on the blackboard. As is part of the custom, Gurpreet shared some delightful Indian sweets with us.
Leading up to the celebration, the third and fifth grades got together to make and decorate small clay vessels to hold our candles. Forming small pots out of clay was a perfect third grade project, as we are currently learning about how the earliest human beings lived on the earth.
We are fortunate to be at this Waldorf School, where learning is infused with beauty, diversity is celebrated, and community is forged through meaningful shared experiences such as these.