Learning For the First Time:
Dhanteras - The first day of the 5-day Hindu festival Diwali is called Dhanteras. The
word Dhanteras is composed of two Sanskrit words: dhan means wealth
and teras refers to the 13th day of the Hindu calendar. Circle all the objects below that you might buy on Dhanteras.
Draw a Collage - Ask students to create a drawing or a collage about Diwali.
Quick Facts - If you need a crash course in this holiday, this is the information you would want to know.
Word Search - Find the missing words in the puzzle. Use them to fill in the blanks.
Day Match - People of many faiths, including Hindus, Jains, Buddhists,
and Sikhs celebrate Diwali. Match each day of Diwali with the way it is typically celebrated.
Create a Rangoli - Rangoli is a very old art. Rangoli uses symbolic forms to both reveal
beauty and draw good fortune. Use shapes, lines or curves to connect the points to
create your own rangoli. Then color it in.
Language Arts Worksheets:
Cut and Learn - Color the diya. Trace the word. Write
the word. Cut and paste to put the
letters in order.
Read and Draw - Read the words. Draw pictures to go with the words.
What's a Diya? - It is also known
as the Festival of lights. In Sanskrit, the word "diwali" means
"rows of lighted lamps." One Diwali tradition is to light small
lamps called diyas as a way to remember that light triumphs
over darkness, and good triumphs over evil.
The Goddess of Prosperity - During Diwali, people leave their doors and windows open so
Lakshmi will come into their homes and bring them good fortune for
the upcoming year.