A series of reading worksheets that help students understand the traditions of Diwali.

Diwali is a harvest festival that got its start in the country of India. It's like the American Thanksgiving Day with a sprinkle of New Years on top. It is a closely followed and celebrated holiday for Jains, Hindus, and Sikhs. Each day of the celebration has its own tradition. Usually most families will prepare for the festival weeks ahead of time. The first day is usually an observed shopping day followed by a home decoration day. The third day is where most gather with family and friends to watch fireworks. On the fourth day husbands and wives exchange gifts. On the fifth day siblings spend a great deal of time together.

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Diwali Worksheets

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What is Diwali?

There are multiple interpretations of the Diwali story.

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QUESTIONS: What is Diwali?

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The Diwali Story

One day, the demon king, Ravana, kidnapped Rama's wife Sita, because he wanted to make Sita his own wife.

QUESTIONS: The Diwali Story

Who was Hanuman and what did he do for Rama?

Hanuman

Hanuman, the monkey god, is one of the most popular and admired gods in the Hindu religion.

QUESTIONS: Hanuman Worksheet

What is Hanuman's role in the Diwali story?

Mithai: Traditional Sweets of Diwali

Many traditional Diwali snacks are sweet. People begin preparing them as much as a month before the holiday.

Question Practice

How are mithai different from desserts prepared in the U.S.?

Diwali Traditions

Diwali, or Festival of Lights, honors the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. In India, people still prepare for Diwali in traditional ways and observe long-standing customs.

Traditions Questions

See what you can tell us about the holiday.

Rangoli

Rangoli is an art that is older than both sculpture and painting. It is practiced by most Indian households, and some designs are passed down through generations.

Questions Worksheet

What does the word Rangoli mean?

Dhanteras

Dhanteras is the first day of the 5-day Hindu festival Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

Question Me

In a legend about the God of Death, it was predicted that King Hima's son would do what?

The 5 Days of Diwali

Each day has a name and specific customs associated with it.

QUESTIONS: The 5 Days of Diwali

What is believed to have happened on Dhan Teras?

Traditional Diwali Decorations

During Diwali, homes are traditionally decorated in a variety of ways.

Decorations Question Sheet

What do all Diwali stories have in common?

Lakshmi

In the Hindu faith, Lakshmi is the goddess of both material and spiritual wealth and prosperity.

QUESTIONS: Lakshmi

What did Vishnu say the gods should do to get Lakshmi back?