Diwali, the festival of lights is here. It is a major festival of the Hindus and a favourite of all children.
We normally associate Diwali with lights, crackers, mithai and basically a lot of fun. But this year, let us celebrate Diwali with a difference. Let us use the Diwali celebration to teach our children valuable life lessons.
Powerful ways of celebrating Diwali-
- Explain the significance of Diwali to your children. Tell them the story of Ramayan. It is important that they know that Diwali is a lot more than just lighting diyas and bursting crackers. It is a celebration of the homecoming of Lord Ram. More importantly, it is the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.
- Children should know that Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during Diwali and that she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi likes to visit homes which are clean and pure. That is why we clean our homes before Diwali. Involve the children in the house cleaning process and stress the importance of cleanliness and hygiene.
- This Diwali let us teach our children to share. Let them put together old books and toys which they no longer use and give them away to underprivileged children. Buy sweets and fruits and let your children distribute these in an orphanage or blind school. This way your children will realise that they are blessed to have so much in life and will learn to value things.
- Let us also stress the importance of healthy eating during this festival. It is a good idea to make the Diwali goodies at home. With so much controversy going around about the way mithais are made, we should try to avoid buying them from the market. Try to make simple sweets and snacks at home. While making mithais use condensed milk instead of mawa and while making farsans and namkeens use healthy oils like Sunny oil which has the power of 5.
- Encourage your children to say no to crackers. Explain to them how the burning of fire crackers adds to the already polluted atmosphere of the earth and how this could adversely affect our health and lives in the future. Celebrate Diwali by lighting environment friendly earthen diyas.
- Teach your children to respect all human beings and treat everyone as equal. Inculcate good values in your child so that they blossom into well rounded personalities.
Follow these simple tips to make your Diwali a special one this year.
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