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Delightful Diyas

The Hindi celebration of Diwali is a Festival of Lights. Many Hindus place lighted clay lamps called diyas around their homes during Diwali. Children can make simple diyas to share as a reminder of this holiday. Give each child a small ball of self-hardening clay. Help children shape a small bowl (large enough to hold a tea-light-sized candle) out of the clay. After the clay has hardened, let each child place a tea light inside his or her bowl. Prepare a note to send home with each child that explains Diwali and the symbolic diya. Ask that an adult light the candle.


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