One of the things I love about home ed is that you can learn alongside your child. It is good for them to see that you don’t know everything and that sometimes you need to learn at the same time as they do and research together. As I am not particularly religious I don’t tend to know much about different religions so this year I am setting out to change this. I am going to learn about some of the major festivals of different religions at the same time as the girls. This week we have learned about Diwali.
Diwali is a 5 day festival and on each day different activities take place. In photographic and caption summary here are the first 3 days, the days we have focussed on with the girls. What a lot of fun we have had.
We practised using stencils and rangoli powder to make rangoli patterns. It was too windy to do outside so we practised on paper instead.
We decorated diva lamps we had made a couple of days before.
Made our rangoli patterns outside our front door.
We found this to be a tricky business as it was still quite windy and our stencils kept bouncing about.
We selected some flowers at the shops to use to make a table decoration on day 3.
We tried to make Burfi (an Indian sweet). Our first attempt didn’t work out well as it was too hard and tasted too much of cardamom, but never give in at a first attempt. View it as a chance to learn and improve and if it is still rubbish after a few attempts don’t become a chef! We will have another go soon.
Beanster made the cardamom powder.
Beanster made the mixture. Only half the sugar went on the cooker!
The finished mixture tasted lovely. Setting seemed to intensify the cardamom however. Maybe half the amount next time.
Mama and i finished the evening sampling proper Indian sweets from these guys. Would recommend.
This is the day that most Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali with family and they have lots of lovely food.
We dressed for the occasion, well Beanster did and Moo chose her own unique outfit!
Curry cooking away.
Table decoration made.
Food enjoyed, whilst listening to Indian music.
Playing with Glowsticks before bed.
Tonight we read more of Gobbolino, Mr Uppity (will the Mr Men obsession ever end for Moo) and Elmer.