Diwali (also known as Divali and Deepavali, among other names) is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world and marks a special time of year. Learn about the diverse traditions and foods that are part of the “festival of lights” across India, as well as the many well-known Diwali legends that highlight the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Ricki is looking forward to Divali, the Hindu “festival of lights.” He’s also waiting for two special rosebuds to bloom — buds on the bush his grandfather had planted in the front yard. Grandfather promises that the roses will be the color of Divali, but Ricki can’t imagine what color that might be.
Diwali: A Cultural Adventure
Sana Hoda Sood is an Indian-American living in the Washington, DC metro area. Sana grew up celebrating the diversity of India through beautiful festivals such as Diwali and Holi. As a new mother, Sana wanted her son to learn about them as well. While on maternity leave from her corporate career, she wrote “Diwali
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Diwali: With Sweets, Lights, and Fireworks
In Deborah Heiligman’s inviting global odyssey of this holiday from National Geographic, we learn that Diwali is celebrated differently in different places, but it is universally viewed as a time of great joy, celebrated with fireworks, sweets, and gifts. The informative back matter includes Diwali recipes, a glossary, a Diwali card game, a map, and a resource list of books and Web sites
Krishna and Narakasura (Amar Chitra Katha)
This title from the Amar Chitra Katha comic book series tells the story of Narakasura, one of the traditional tales related to the Festival of Lights.
Lights For Gita
Gita is ready for the Hindu celebration of Divali, but she is afraid that it just won’t be the same in her new home in Canada. When icy rain prevents the celebration they had planned, Gita becomes even more miserable, until she finds a way to light the darkness and remember Divali’s true meaning.