Dussehra and Diwali will be here soon and we were really excited to receive this book- Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali from author Diksha Pal Narayan. The book traces the celebrations and stories of Dussehra and Diwali for kids growing up outside of India.The author is based in Canada and she tries to make these festivals relevant and relatable for kids whether they are growing up in Canada and USA or anywhere in the world.
Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali
The book is divided in to 3 parts. Part 1 is about how Dussehra and Diwali is celebrated. Part 2 retells the stories behind the festivals and Part 3 includes activities, printables and recipes to celebrate the festivals whether at home or with your child’s class at school.
Part 2 is a comprehensive section with all the legends and stories behind Dussehra and Diwali. It not only talks about why Hindus celebrate Diwali but also why Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists celebrate the festival and the stories behind it too! A lot of these stories were new to me and it is also a lot of information for kids and therefore best read in parts.
What we liked about the book
- The attempt to make the celebrations relatable by creating customs that fit the lifestyle outside of India. Like the Ravan Dahan using a campfire / barbeque pit 🙂 The author also provides a step-by-step in Part 3 of the book, on how to make your own little Ravan effigy.
- The printables, recipes and activity ideas at the back of the book. The coloring page at the back of the book can be used to introduce Diwali celebrations in your child’s classroom.
- The illustrations by Abira Das are colorful and fun.
To sum it up – A “complete package” to celebrate these Indian festivals!
Folks in US and Canada, don’t miss out on the giveaway just in time for Dussehra.