Diwali- ‘The Festival of Lights’ is around the corner. With excitement & fun in the air, kids in the families anxiously look forward to the festivities. They are extremely excited about the decoration, people coming to meet and greet, different delicacies & sweets, Diwali Puja, and many other celebrations. Apart from the other attractions, they look forward to spending quality and fun-filled time with those whom they love the most, i.e., you, their parents. Therefore, as parents, it is your responsibility to live up to their expectations & make sure that you are able to make Diwali celebrations as fun-filled, interesting and educating as possible.
Following tips may help you make the most of this Diwali.
Plan Your Day in Advance
Diwali celebrations preparations done prior to the festival dates keep you at much ease on the festival day. Never schedule any meetings or appointments for the festival day, prepone or postpone them so as to keep your festival day free to celebrate it with your child and family.
Make your List of Activities
Plan your day; make a list of the activities that you and your little one wish to do on Diwali. Discuss with her what she would like to do and how she would like to celebrate it. In accordance with that, make a schedule of what all you are going to do and when. If you plan to visit events like Diwali Mela, Exhibition, Deepawali Utsav/Mahotsav, etc., check in advance for its details and book the tickets, if any.
Pre-plan the Delights
Diwali is the time when kids keenly look forward to the food menu with great interest. Plan your menu for the entire day in advance, arrange for all the prerequisites beforehand and prepare those parts of the delicacies prior to the festival day that can be stored and used later. Plan your delicacies in a way that is different from the routine ones; divide every meal into starters, main course and desserts.
Decorate your Home
Decorations make our home look very vibrant, colourful and exciting. Decorate your home with streamers, ‘Happy Diwali’ banners, candles, lanterns, rangoli and diyas. Get your little one engaged in making decorative items beforehand and decorating the house on Diwali. Do Not allow her to use candles or matches for lighting diyas, instead take her help for putting diyas in different corners of the house, in the balcony and at other places.
Visit the Temple
Visit the local temple, participate in the temple puja and exchange greetings with the people present there.
Puja at Home
Organise Puja at home, invite friends and relatives and share moments of joy and happiness together. Tell your little one about the significance of rituals and the reason behind you performing each one of them. Tell her the story of Lord Rama, His life and about the Great Epic Ramayana.
Participate in the Community Celebrations
There are several societies and communities that organise various competitions & other activities during festivals. Research about such events and do the prerequisites like registering for competitions, etc. Encourage your little one to take part in those activities and help her in preparing for them.
At the end of the day, discuss with her how she felt about the day and ask her about the things she liked the most. Also, ask her what she learnt about the festival and the story behind it. Give her a surprise Diwali gift and let her know that you’re glad as she enjoyed her day and do mention that you also loved spending those joyous and pleasurable moments with her.
Festivals are those times which can help us spend quality and stress-free moments with our loved ones and create memories to cherish for a lifetime. This Diwali, celebrate with your family and just live those moments to the fullest. Hope you have wonderful and zestful Diwali celebrations!