Ro and I had our Diwali show today. Diwali is known as the festival of lights. The story behind Diwali is in the Ramayana (a bit like the bible).
According to Ramayana, Rama, the prince of Ayodhya was ordered by his father, King Dasharatha, to go away from his country and come back after living in the forest for fourteen years. So Rama went on exile with his devoted wife Sita and faithful brother, Lakshmana. When Ravana, the demon king of Lanka abducted Sita and took her away to his island kingdom of Lanka, Rama fought against and killed Ravana. He rescued Sita with the help of Hanuman (the monkey god) and returned to Ayodhya after fourteen years. The people of Ayodhya were very happy to hear of their beloved prince’s homecoming. To celebrate Rama’s return to Ayodhya, they lit up their houses with earthen lamps (diyas), burst crackers and decorated the entire city in the grandest manner.
This is believed to have started the tradition of Diwali. Year after year this homecoming of Lord Rama is commemorated on Diwali with lights, fireworks, bursting of crackers and merriment. The festival gets its name Deepawali, or Diwali, from the rows (avali) of lamps (deepa) that the people of Ayodhya lit to welcome their King.
This is our headmistress Mrs Robbie lighting the Diwali diya (oil lamp) to open the show.
The whole school joined in with the celebrations. The little children in the photo below are dressed as the characters from the Diwali story. From left to right. Ravan (baddie), Rama, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman (all goodies)! The bigger girls and boys doing their dance. They were brilliant!
Ro danced to a traditional Konkani Goan song with his partner Sweetie!
I have been going for practice every Saturday to learn the steps. I really had fun and Ro was really good too!
I also sang Doe a Deer from Sound of Music with Liberty and Freya.
Today was the last day of school. We are off to Delhi tomorrow for our holidays to visit our family and have Diwali. Night night.