Diwali is a religious festival that originated in India. It is a 5-day celebration marking the start of the Hindu New Year. Enjoy our free printable Diwali coloring pages printable while learning about the most important holiday in India.
This holiday changes every year based on the Hindu lunar calendar. Typically it happens sometime between the end of October to the end of November.
Prior to moving to America over 5 years ago, we went to a number of Diwali events in Leicester, UK, where we are from.
Leicester holds the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India, and it was full of laughter, dancing, and lights. In fact, we looked forward to these fun holiday activities for kids every year.
Carry on reading to download our free Diwali coloring pages and learn about the story of good versus evil.
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What is Diwali?
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a significant and widely celebrated Hindu festival that holds cultural, religious, and social importance. It usually takes place between October and November, depending on the Hindu lunar calendar. Diwali spans several days and is celebrated by millions of people in India and around the world.
The festival’s name, “Diwali,” is derived from the Sanskrit words “deepa” (lamp) and “avali” (row), which together signify “rows of lamps.” The central theme of Diwali is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. The festival symbolizes the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, as described in the ancient Hindu epic, the Ramayana.
During Diwali, people illuminate their homes and surroundings with oil lamps, candles, and decorative lights. Colorful rangoli designs (intricate patterns made on the ground using colored powders, rice, or flower petals) adorn entrances and courtyards. Families clean and decorate their homes, buy new clothes, exchange gifts, and prepare festive meals. Traditional sweets and snacks are an integral part of the celebrations.
One of the most significant aspects of Diwali is the worship of various deities. Particularly Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity), Lord Ganesha (the elephant-headed god of wisdom and new beginnings), and Lord Kubera (the treasurer of the gods). People pray for blessings, prosperity, and the removal of obstacles in their lives.
Fireworks are a common feature of Diwali celebrations, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness. However, in recent years, there has been growing awareness about the environmental impact of fireworks, leading to calls for more eco-friendly celebrations.
Diwali is not only celebrated by Hindus but is also embraced by people from various other religious and cultural backgrounds. In different regions of India and other countries, the customs and traditions associated with Diwali may vary, but the overall theme of celebrating light, goodness, and hope remains consistent.
Story of Diwali Coloring Sheets
The kids are going to enjoy coloring in our free story of Diwali coloring pages.
Print out the coloring pages below, it will print out on six full pages. Make sure to check the printer settings.
These free Diwali coloring pages are free to print but are for personal use or classroom use only. Scroll to the end of the post to get the pdf file.
Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a major festival in India and is celebrated by millions of people around the world.
It has a rich history dating back thousands of years, and there are many stories and legends associated with it.
Carry on reading to see our story of Diwali.
Diwali: The Triumph of Good Over Evil
Our Diwali story is based on one of the most popular stories.
it is about a god named Lord Rama.
He was a really important god in the Hindu religion.
The story goes that Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita was sent to live in a forest for 14 years after he was exiled from his kingdom.
While they were in the forest, a bad king named Ravana kidnapped Sita.
Lord Rama was really brave and with the help of an army of monkeys, he fought a really hard battle to get Sita back and defeat Ravana.
When they finally returned home, the people were super happy and celebrated with lights and fireworks to show their joy. And that’s how the Diwali festival began.
Diwali is now celebrated in India and around the world and is also called the Festival of Lights. We used the 12 Major World Religions book to learn even more about the Hindi religion.
Fun Diwali activities for kids
When the kids have had fun with our coloring pages, why not spend a bit more time having fun with Diwali and Indian culture?
I have added a mixture of games, books, and worksheets that the kids are going to love.
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Last Updated on 7 November 2023 by homeschoolof1