Happy Diwali
Anti-Racism, K-12, Teaching Tools

Diwali Toolkit

Though many calendars have Diwali’s official date as October 24, 2022, this “festival of lights” is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs in many regions for 5 or even 6 days. Depending on the region, Diwali traditions may differ, as the purpose for celebrating may also vary. However, according to the Hindu American Foundation, the common themes are the “symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.”

I have collected some Diwali resources to share with your students in this Wakelet, including a free downloadable toolkit of lessons from the Hindu American Foundation. Along with the toolkit there are some other lessons that are new to the collection this year, as well as some I bookmarked last year.

While I think it’s important for all students to have their cultures understood and for students to learn about the traditions of others, it can be difficult to avoid cultural appropriation. Here is a post I published last year that has some good resources we can all use to help us reflect on how we can encourage learning without reinforcing harmful stereotypes.

red and orange autumn leaves on the ground and on trees beside body of water
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November Activities For You!

Thank goodness for my blog stats that show me when people are beginning to look for resources for the following month! Otherwise, I probably would be giving you Thanksgiving links the day before the big feast, which would obviously be too late. I know the November Thanksgiving holiday is only in the United States, so I also included a world-wide holiday in this year’s collection — Fibonacci Day, which is on 11/23. Donna Lasher’s excellent holiday page reminded me of that notable event, and I think that this is probably the first year that I’ve ever thought about it in advance. (Thanks, Donna!) She has a great list of fabulous activities for Fibonacci Day here, and I also included it in my Thanksgiving/November Wakelet. For this Wakelet, I used the new column layout, which will hopefully make it easier to find resources.

Now, of course there is another American celebration in the United States in November, Veterans Day on 11/11. Here is my Wakelet for that.

Some holidays during November that are celebrated in many countries are: Dia de Los Muertos, Diwali (November 4th, 2021), and Hanukkah (November 28th, 2021).

I hope to add more to all of these collections, so please let me know if you have a quality free resource/link to contribute! And if you want to see the Wakelet collections that I have so far, you can go here.

dirt road cover by dried leaves
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