I’ve enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many of you at the library. A few years ago, I met two young readers who told me about their Diwali celebration at home. They were so animated in describing the lights, fireworks, decorations and food. It sounded like a wonderful celebration! I wanted to learn more, so I found several books about this festival of lights. A few interesting things I learned while reading and speaking with my two new friends:

  • Diwali is known as a Hindu festival, but people of many faiths celebrate Diwali around the world. 
  • Diwali is the celebration of light overcoming darkness and good defeating evil.
  • Rangoli art is traditionally displayed on the floor or a tabletop and represents happiness and positivity. In Hinduism, Rangoli invites Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good luck, into a family’s home.

Children’s Services is getting ready to celebrate Diwali with two special programs. On Tuesday, November 2, tweens can make their own Diwali card. And on Wednesday, November 3, families can make their own version of Rangoli art using colored sand.

Read more about Diwali from the books below. Check them out and share them with your family and friends! Shubh Diwali!

Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani

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Shubh Diwali by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Charlene Chua

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Let’s Celebrate Diwali by Anjali Joshi, illustrated by Tim Palin

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The Diwali Gift by Shweta Chopra & Shuchi Mehta, illustrated by Anna Koan

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Diwali by Grace Jones

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Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story by Jonny Zucker, illustrated by Jan Barger

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Crayola Diwali Colors by Mari Schuh

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Celebrate Diwali by Deborah Heiligman

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Diwali by Rachel Koestler-Grack

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