Navrati, Diwali, and Lamp Craft

I’ve always been fond of India. It is such a beautiful and rich in culture country. 

So I am always looking forward to Diwali blog hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs and take part in it every year!

This year Navrati and Diwali are quite close to each other, I decided to review two books by Bollygrove  about these two festivals, and make a Lamp craft with my children. 

The books I want to talk to you about today are:

–  Let’s Celebrate Navrati  – about a beautiful festival that precedes Diwali;

– Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali – about the most popular festival in India which is considered the beginning of a new year. 

Learning about these festivals made me think about how similar they are and that this year if you are celebrating both, you can just continue from one to another! 

Both books  tells us about the nature of the festivals, traditions, and share some history of their origine.  They also teach the  vocabulary associated with the festivals.

We learned that Navrati is celebrated for whole 9 days (which is longer than 5 days of Diwali!). We also learned the basics of Dandiya dance, and every tried to dance along the music. We loved all the beautiful colours that are used to decorate houses for Navrati and it reminded us of how colorful Diwali is as well. Clothes, jewelry, decorations – all so festive!

Flipping the pages of the book, we travelled to other parts of India to see how Navrati and Diwali  celebrated there. 

When we read both books, we noticed the emphasis made during both festivals on lights. Garbo (or Garba) is a clay pot lamp that is used during Navrati. And Diya is a small clay lamp used during Diwali. Both lamps are used during religious ceremonies, with Garbo being a representation of goddess Durga (the warrior and the protector), and Diya being used to celebrate victory, cleanliness of the soul, and knowledge. 

To celebrate these two festivals and fill our home with light, we decided to make our own lamps which we decorated inspired by Garbo and lighted in the spirit of Diya. 

Materials needed:

Small glass jars

Washi tape

Stickers

Tea candles
Process:

Start by wrapping your jars with washi tape.

Once done, stick on some colorful stickers.

Drop in tea candles, turn off the light and enjoy the beautiful lamps! 

For now we put off the lamps and will wait to light them up for Diwali!

How do you Celebrate Navrati and Diwali in your home?

Diwali for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:

Ketchup Moms on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Kid World Citizen

Creative World of Varya

Growing Up Gupta

Indian Tea Recipe {MKB Diwali For Kids 2015}

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I have mentioned before in my book review that I absolutely love India. It is a beautiful country, with an amazing history, very colorful and happy. People in India know how to smile from their heart despite their current physical or emotional state.

No wonder Diwali – the Festival of Light that is celebrated between November and December – is such a beautiful and full of colors holiday.

This year MKB is once again introducing a project Diwali for Kids where bloggers share posts relevant to India, its culture, geography, cuisine and more!

In our family Indian Tea – Chai and Masala Chai (spicy or not milk tea which is made by  boiling tea leaves or tea powder with milk and spices) – is deadly loved. My father-in-law makes it nearly every day, pours it in his thermos and sips throughout the day.

Below you will find a step-by-step video recipe of how I make Masala Chai. And the ingredients and method under the video.

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons of tea leaves or tea powder
2-3 carmadmom cloves (crushed)
Half a cinnamon stick (crushed)
1/8 (or more ) teaspoon of masala mix (optional)
A cup of milk and a cup of water
Sugar or sweetener (optional)

Method:
1. Pour milk and water into a pot. Bring it to the state when it s about to boil.
2. Mix tea, cardamom, cinnamon and Masala.
3. Pour the mix into the almost boiling milk and lower the fire.
4. Stir for about 1 minute and either turn off the fire and let it steep for 3-4 minutes, or cover and continue steeping on love fire for 2-3 minutes (for stronger tea taste).
5. Take off the stove and pour through the sift into the cup. Sweeten to taste. Serve hot.

Whatever is left after you sifted all the tea can be poured in another milk and water mix to make more tea.

I hope you enjoy making and serving this tea.

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Join us in a linky over at MKB and check out what other bloggers have shared for this Diwali!