Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated in India in late fall. For five days, people from around the world join in celebrating the Hindu New Year. This year, Diwali will be celebrated from November 3rd to 8th in India, but around the world, it will most likely be celebrated only for one day, on either the 6th or 7th of November.
Diwali is named after the Sanskrit word of “deepa,” which is “light,” and “vali,” which means “row,” essentially a row of lights. Families come together to celebrate this festive holiday by decorating their homes, giving gifts, lighting lamps, going to the mandir (temple), and enjoying fireworks. It is a time to offer prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and to make intricate designs called rangolis on the floor with colored sand and rice flour.
Today, we’re going to celebrate Diwali by practicing yoga poses for kids to help us think about the special aspects of this Indian holiday.
5 Yoga Poses to Celebrate Diwali with Kids
5 Diwali Books for Kids
Your local library should have some great picture books on Diwali. My daughter and I were able to find at least a dozen books (both non-fiction and fiction) on Diwali to learn all about this special Indian holiday. Here are five of favorite fiction books:
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Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story (Festival Time)
by Jonny Zucker and Jan Barger
The Diwali Gift
by Shweta Chopra, Shuchi Mehta, and Anna Koan
Diwali (Holidays in Rhythm and Rhyme)
by Allan Morey, Flavia Sorrentino, and Mark Oblinger
Lots of Lights: Lots of Lights
by Kavita G. Sahai and Vladividal
Let’s Celebrate Diwali
by Anjali Joshi and Tim Palin
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Diwali Yoga Poses for Kids
Check out our Diwali Yoga Cards for Kids
Glow like a sparkler, shine like the moon, and dance like the Hindu god Ganesha.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. This deck of yoga cards for kids was inspired by the celebration of lights and the inner light within each and every one of us.
Share the joy of this holiday with your kids while practicing yoga.
Download these 34 digital Diwali Yoga cards to learn through movement in your home, classroom, or studio. The deck includes an index card, yoga tips, pose instructions, 12 yoga pose cards, and 12 matching Diwali-inspired cards. The multicultural yoga kids are from seven countries.
Other Diwali Ideas
Check out the collection of ideas on the Artsy Craftsy Mom blog for more Diwali ideas:
Also, have a look at the Diwali craft ideas on Red Ted Art:
Check out our Kids Yoga Class Ideas
Fun and simple themes with monthly yoga poses and kids books recommendations!
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To spark your imagination, each monthly theme includes five yoga poses for kids and five recommended children’s books. This 31-page eBook is for teachers, parents, kids yoga teachers, caregivers, and health practitioners looking for simple, convenient ways to add yoga into your curriculum, classes, or home life. Age group: Toddlers to Early Primary, ages 3 to 8.
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