Diwali teaching resources

Diwali, or the Festival of Light, is a time for Hindus to light lamps to mark the new year, Rama and Sita’s return after 14 years of arduous exile and the triumph of good over evil. Light up the classroom in your own way with the aid of this selection of free teaching resources.

Rangoli patterns

  • Bring some colour and offer a pleasant welcome to your classroom this Diwali with these rangoli patterns.

Dhruvi’s experience of Diwali

  • Nine year old Dhruvi shares her wonderful Diwali experiences with stories, audio clips and photos to boot.

Hindu Gods Top Trumps

  • A special Hindu Gods edition of the popular card game to teach the key characteristics of the Hindu deities.

The story of Rama and Sita

  • The iconic love story that ends in the triumph of good over evil is told with eye-catching illustrations.

Hindu Gods

  • Learn about the likes of Lakshmi and Rama whose successes are celebrated by lighting lamps.

Diwali celebrations

  • SMART Exchange offers a brainstorming task with the goal of learning the cultural history and customs behind Diwali.

All about Diwali

  • A look at all the popular customs and the intricate stories and beliefs behind Diwali – with pictures and an animated video to boot.

Symbolism of the light

  • Thousands of diva lamps were lit to show Rama and Sita the way home after long exile – explain why certain traditions such as the lighting of lamps are performed during Diwali.

Diwali in pictures

  • A simple task to tell the story of Rama and Sita with a sheet of Diwali themed pictures for discussion.

How and why is Diwali celebrated?

  • From Rama’s victory over Ravana to rangoli pattern and diva lamp creation, this unit aims to introduce the topic of Diwali and share its rich cultural history with your class.

Rangoli mathematics

  • Mathematics meets rangoli in this shape lesson based on the Diwali decorative art.

Explain the celebration: Diwali

  • Join TrueTube in celebrating Diwali; the explosion of colour, tradition and of course fireworks is explained by followers of the Hindu faith.

Cross-cultural Diwali

  • This lesson looks at how Diwali may be celebrated by different cultural groups at home and abroad.

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