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How to Celebrate Diwali with Kids this Year

How to Celebrate Diwali with Kids this Year

While many in-person Diwali events are canceled this year, there are still plenty of fun ways to celebrate like crafts, books, and virtual events.


Diwali is India’s most important festival of the year and celebrated by millions across the world. Known as the festival of lights and Hindu New Year, it’s a chance to show appreciation for friends, family and good fortune. Enjoy traditional activities like lanterns, Indian dancing and music, diyas and rangoli at one of these great events leading up to the actual day of celebration on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Diwali Books for Kids

The New York Public Library has thousands of books for kids, and if you use its search functionality to look for "Diwali," you'll find many great ones to choose from. There are Diwali picture books and non-fiction stories, all of which introduce children to the celebration and immerse them in the culture, customs, and traditions connected with Diwali. You can reserve any of these books online without having to leave your house.

Diwali Crafts for Kids

If you're having a Diwali celebration at home with family, kids will love to do some of these Diwali crafts to get in the spirit. ArtsyCraftsyMom prepared this list of cards, crafts, decor, and food for families celebrating Diwali, and we love it! Check out the lighting section for beautiful and easy ways to make your festival of lights special.

Upcoming Diwali Events for Families

ONLINE Virtual Family Diwali Dance Celebration!
WHEN: 
Nov. 14, 2020, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Online
AGES: Preschool and younger
WHAT: Join Minila from Ajna Dance Company for a Family Diwali Dance Celebration! Gather your family and friends and don't let Covid stop us from celebrating the festival of lights this year! This year more than ever, we are ready to dance and celebrate the victory of light over darkness. This family Diwali Dance Celebration will include an explanation of the meaning and significance of Diwali, a short Diwali story for kids, and of course the main event - a fun and interactive Bollywood & Bhangra dance workshop for the whole family! Whether this is your first time celebrating Diwali or if you celebrate every year, you are invited to join in from wherever you to kick off the holiday season with joyful dancing. 
WANT TO GO? eventbrite.com



VIRTUAL: A Diwali Virtual Celebration
WHEN: 
Nov. 21, 3-5pm
WHERE: Online
AGES: All
WHAT: Join a wonderful Diwali celebration from the comfort of your own home! Enjoy performances by talented local students in this event that will bring the entire community together in spirit, even though we have to be apart physically.
WANT TO GO? danburylibrary.evanced.info

Diwali at Brooklyn Children's Museum
WHEN: Nov. 14, 10am-5pm (timed sessions)
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Buy tickets for a play session on Saturday, Nov. 14 to celebrate Diwali with art, dancing, and music.
WANT TO GO? brooklynkids.org/tickets

ONLINE Virtual Planetarium Show for Kids: Festival of Lights
WHEN: 
Nov. 14, 11:30am
WHERE: Online (Hudson River Museum)
AGES: All
WHAT: Today is widely observed as the Festival of Lights across Southeast Asia, from parts of Indonesia, across India, and up into the Himalayas, and by people all over the world whose families come from that region. It’s not a coincidence that this time of year is a time when humans like to light up the world around them . . . and it has to do with the sky! The museum will be using a planetarium simulator to view the night sky. Just like programs in the Planetarium, they’ll be able to take questions—this time through chat and comments. Recommended for ages 6–10. Please only register once per household.
WANT TO GO? Free. hrm.org


Photo courtesy Diwali at Times Square


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