Diwali, a festival of lights, is a popular Hindu celebration featuring fireworks and sweets. The celebration is based on the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya, an ancient city in India, after 14 years in exile. It also marks the day the Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.
Traditions of Diwali include lights and oil lamps being lit, spending time with family and relatives, plenty of fireworks, and worshipping of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.
At the Varanasi Education Centre, the children celebrated Diwali by gifting sweets to their teachers to promote good relationships, and by lighting fire crackers. Some of the children's families have no money to purchase fire crackers of their own, so the children had a blast lighting them together at the Education Centre.
Our Teachers with their Diwali gifts:
The children enjoying the firecrackers:
More fire crackers:
(Diwali Information Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15451833)