Sharing Cultural Traditions

Sharing Cultural Traditions

We feel privileged when EFC families take the time to share their family and cultural traditions. It is a wonderful experience for both the children and the teaching staff, and we all benefit by learning from one another! If you have a family or cultural tradition you would like to share, please let your director know. Read about some recent experiences below:

Nikita and I visited our daughter’s preschool classroom last year and talked about our West Indies culture. Nikita wore a traditional Sari and I wore a Sherwani, which is the outfit I wore at one of our wedding ceremonies. We talked about all the dances that we had at our wedding and then played some traditional West Indies music and had a dance party.

Ray S. K., EFC Edinborough Parent

Recently, a family from EFC Bloomington shared just a few of the many holidays Hindus celebrate as well as some craft ideas that go with the preparations:

Diwali: It’s a festival full of lights. We light up our house with lots of lamps. Fireworks light up the whole sky. It goes on for 5 days. People visit their relatives and neighbors.

Holi: This is another festival that brings joy and happiness.  People burn holi (wooden logs that denote all the evil that is in us) and the next day we put colors on each other.

Rakshabandhan (Rakhi): This is a traditional festival between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie a sacred thread on the wrists of brothers. In turn, brothers promise to look after and protect their sisters. They also lovingly shower their sister with gifts.

Diwali Preparations

SAND RANGOLI: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPp4y8HaP-o

FLOWER RANGOLI:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3fFthDQ0xI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rvzmQ8srHM&t=4s

 

PAPER LANTERN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVPjjpZzfaA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3To59v3ssIU

 

Finally, the preschoolers at EFC Bloomington will have a chance to experience these traditions through the following:

Books:

“Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali” by Ajanta & Vivek

“Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story” by Jonny Zucker

“Amma, Tell me About Diwali” by Bhakti Mathur

Activities:

  • Painting Diyas lamps – Children will draw a small lamp shade on small paper plate. They will color or paint the plates and when dry and display them with small battery-operated tea light on it.
  • Rangoli – Children will make a large, symmetrical round design on large paper. They can take turns coloring sections and display on the floor when finished, with Diyas around it.
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