Books in the Festival Time series describe the activities of typical families as parents and children celebrate some of their culture’s major holidays. Attractive color illustrations on every page will appeal to younger children. The simply yet delightfully told stories describe the festivities while giving children background information about holidays in many different cultures. A two-page spread at the back of each book contains information for parents, and includes suggestions on ways to communicate the holiday’s meaning to kids. Diwali is the Hindu five-day festival of lights that welcomes in the lunar new year. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, or Aasho, which occurs in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar. During the festival, parents tell stories that relate to the holiday, exchange gifts of sweets, light candles, and attend elaborate fireworks displays. The holiday is marked by an abundance of lights displayed in homes and businesses.
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Here is a simple and delightful introduction to the Hindu festival
of Diwali — suitable for the very youngest child.
Follow a family as they make rangoli patterns, light diyas,
and watch a brilliant fireworks display
to celebrate their amazing festival of light.
Also in the Festival Time! Series
Apples and Honey — A Rosh Hashanah Story
Eight Candles to Light — A Chanukah Story
Four Special Questions — A Passover Story
It’s Party Time! — A Purim Story
Lanterns and Firecrackers — A Chinese New Year Story
Hope and New Life! — An Easter Story
Fasting and Dates — A Ramadan and Eid Story
Jonny Zucker began his career in radio, then became a primary school teacher. He has written two books for adults. He has written all the Festival Time books for Frances Lincoln. Jan Barger has illustrated many children's picture books. She has collaborated with Jonny Zucker on all the Festival time books for Frances Lincoln.
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