Diwali is known as the “Festival of Lights” and is a Hindu holiday widely celebrated in India and across the Hindu Diaspora.

The word Diwali derives from Sanskrit meaning “a row of lights” and  clay lamps or diyas are lit to signify the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative qualities. In other words, Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil.

Our 2020 revamped Diwali Toolkit has more information about why Diwali is celebrated, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) lessons for the classroom and activities to do at home with your young learners.

In collaboration with Hybrid Parenting, users are encouraged to share their completed Cycles of the Moon or Signs of Diwali activities with HAF on social media at #hinduamerican and #hybridparenting or through our email address, diwali@hinduamerican.org for a chance to win a personalized copy of the Amita Roy Shah book Lights Camera Diwali. Four winners will be chosen overall. Submissions will be accepted until November 20th.To help make celebrations extra bright, share your Diwali celebrations with us using the hashtag  #HAFDiwali.

Download HAF's Diwali Toolkit