Diwali is a 5 day festival of lights celebrated in India and other countries with Hindu populations. The name Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps,” because during the festivities people light up their homes with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas or diwas. It is easy to make your own diyas with clay and some decorations.
You can make your own diyas with your kids for Diwali with materials you probably have at home.
- self-hardening clay in terra cotta tones
- tea light candle (can be a flameless LED candle if you have restrictions or are worried about a fire!)
- glitter, sequins, jewels for decorations
Have the kids make a pinch pot, candle holder out of the clay with a flat bottom and with the hole large enough to fit the candle inside. Once it is dry, use the decorations to embellish the candles.