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Tilbury celebrates Diwali
Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.
Diwali, which for some also coincides with Harvest and New Year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.
The festival is usually some time between October and November, with the date changing each year.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps".
Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas.
People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it's really popular with children.
Today the Ananatharaman family came to share their experiences of Diwali with the children at Nursery.
Kesav brought his Mummy Dharini and sister Anaka to Nursery.
Kesav and his family are Hindu and they celebrate Diwali.
Kesav's Mummy made Diwali sweets with the children and poppadums which all the children tasted at snack time.
Some of the children found the poppadums a little too spicey but the chocolate and carrot sweets went down a treat!
Kesav's Mummy then told us all the story of Rama and Sita and explained why Diwali is called the Festival of Light.
We created Diwali in our Curiosity Box and Kesav's Mummy used oil to light the beautiful silver and brass diyas which were given to her by her mother.
To greet someone in Hindi for Diwali you can say:
“Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein” or “Shubh Deepavali”.
The children made Diyas and sang the 'Diwali' song to Dharini.