Diwali CLAP CLAP!
So we had the challenge of making a special video for Diwali so of course, we could not say no. We had to do some reading and we have a made a series of vids. Check out our Rangoli vid and our Happy Diwali song! We had so much fun singing it. Send us your version. The lyrics will be available on our blog and the Karaoke version will be out later this weekend. Don't forget to drop us a like. Keep small businesses like ours going by showing us your support.
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We try to respond to each one, even the naughty ones!!! So before we kick off with this fab new Clap Clap vid and learn a new rhythm, check out these fascinating facts about Diwali.
* Diwali is an awesome festival that comes from India. People often think of Diwali as a Hindu festival, but it's also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains too.
*It takes place every year (like Xmas) and lasts for five days and marks the start of the Hindu New Year. The dates change each year because it depends on the position of the moon, something for budding astronomers to figure out! It usually falls between October and November. (**editor's note - In our home, we celebrate Halloween and Diwali to make it Diwaloween) !
* Diwali (or Deepavali as it’s sometimes called) means “row of lights” in Sanskrit. That is a very, very old language! During the festival, people decorate their homes with lights and oil lamps, called diyas and also with Rangolis. Check our our Rangoli vid.
* Diwali honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The lights and lamps are said to help Lakshmi find her way into peoples’ homes, bringing prosperity in the year to come! Everyone has fun with friends and family with lots of foods and gift exchanged.They wear new clothes and decorate their homes too.
* Rangoli is an amazing Diwali tradition. Awesome patterns are made using colourful powders and flowers. People draw rangolis on the floor by the entrance of their homes to welcome the gods and bring good luck! They are not permanent and once made can blow away with the wind, but hey isn't like anything beautiful in life, it is there for the moment to be enjoyed before the next phase of life begins.
* Diwali is celebrated by thousands of people all around the world. During Diwali, Hindus living outside India gather at places of worship to leave offerings to deities, watch fireworks and eat yummy food together! * Leicester, in the United Kingdom, holds the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India. Every year, tens of thousands of people gather in the streets to enjoy vibrant shows of light, music and dancing! Let us know where you are in the world and how you will celebrate Diwali this year. We know that many of you will not be able to see your friends and families and that is difficult. For our part, we can contribute some great Diwali music vids and we'll be making some Gulabs at home to celebrate. Now check out this amazing new CLAP CLAP vid and get yourself in a brilliant musical mood and learn some cool beats with our amazing Dani Z.
Happy Diwali Sunita, Jay, Dani, Lucy and David