We would like to wish a very Happy Diwali to all Playscholars, Parents and their family members from the Playshaala team.
We would like to congratulate our Diwali Greetings card competition winner:
1st Ranked – Khanak Pindariya,
2nd Ranked – Jesal Vyas and Anaya Sheikh,
3rd Rank – Itish Kanani and Jiyansh Dattani
Where does the name Diwali come from?
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps”.
Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called Diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it’s really popular with children.
Why do we celebrate Diwali?
Each religion marks different historical events and stories.
Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. They also celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.
Sikhs particularly celebrate the release from prison of the sixth Guru Hargobind Singh in 1619. In fact, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the holiest place in the Sikh world, was laid on Diwali in 1577.
The founder of Jainism is Lord Mahavira. During Diwali, Jains celebrate the moment he reached a state called Moksha (Nirvana, or eternal bliss).