By: Leslie Moulson
Special to The Lake Report
On Oct. 28, Niagara’s Sparks — the youngest members of Girl Guides of Canada, ages five and six — learned all about Diwali from Priya Litt, the mother of Spark Achal.
Diwali, one of the most popular and joyous festivals of Hinduism, symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It is popularly known as “The Festival of Lights.”
The girls coloured Rangoli, an art form of beautiful patterns, and decorated Diya’s, which traditionally are oil lamps, and lit them with tea lights.
No glitter was spared as adorning and decorating is what these girls do best. Litt played Indian music while the girls crafted. She also taught them a short sweet song, and treated them to a sweet treat – part of Diwali tradition.
Achal and her Spark friend Maansi came to the meeting in traditional dress.
The meeting ended with sparklers outside.
What an amazing and fun way for the Sparks to learn about and celebrate a cultural festival.
Thank you, Priya. Your work and energy are very much appreciated.