You know what is more magical than Diwali; the days that lead up to Diwali!
Planning menus, cooking traditional spreads, going overboard with the cleaning and decorating, thinking of meaningful presents for all the people who are a part of your life and those who silently make each day better than the previous one, wearing those pretty bangles you especially saved for this day, meeting up with family and friends…it is the sparkliest time of the year, isn’t it?
As adults we have our to do lists and all our pre Diwali tasks laid out clearly in front of us and that puts us in a festive mood long before the big day but the children often become a part of the festivities much later.
Since this time of the year is so precious, why should it be restricted to only day or just a couple of days, right? So every year we make a Diwali countdown calendar for Sara. There are exactly 20 days between Dussehra and Diwali (including both Dussehra and Diwali) and we call it “20 Days to Diwali”. It sure is a lot of fun when she has 20 days of Diwali activities to look forward to.
Each morning when she gets out of bed, she can barely contain her excitement because she knows there is something special that we are going to be doing today. It makes her feel more involved in the festivities and makes my heart melt when I think of the memories she is making and how priceless these moments will be when she looks back at them years later.
Some we write down together and some are a complete surprise for her. Most remain same each year but some have changed with time. I like to make this calendar a healthy mix of craft activities, family time, little treats, prepping for the big day (so she feels big and part of all the planning) and finally understanding why it is so beautiful to be the light in someone else’s life, be appreciative of the people who brighten her life every day and to be thankful for what she has.
In addition to the 20 days of activities, I also include little notes that have Diwali facts written on them. One for each of the 20 days. A little something for her to learn more about the history behind it, how so many communities across the world celebrate it, fun facts and more (she loves quizzing her friends using these fact cards). We are still putting finishing touches to our Diwali Countdown Calendar which I promise to share with you really soon but we have our list of activities ready so here goes (psssst…Sara doesn’t know some of these).
20 days of Diwali
What do you like to do in the days that lead up to Diwali? We’d love to hear. Do you make a countdown calendar as well? Would you like to join us?
You can mix and match the activities that your child would be happy to do or could include some from our list if you happen to run out of ideas. Share your ideas with us too so together we can make an activity bank of sorts (I love making lists!). A word of caution though if you know a particular day is going to be crazy (school, work, after school activities and the usual) then remember baking cookies on that day isn’t going to work. So plan the activities according to your schedule and convenience and what works for your family. We want the children to jump out of their beds each morning to find out the activity/surprise for the day and not let this become another of those chores that need to be crossed out, right?
Find loads of Diwali ideas for children here. I am going to keep adding lots of inspirational pictures, games, party decor, tablescapes, party food options, and more right until Diwali.
So what else have we been up to last week…
Each Diwali, I make an assortment of homemade goodies for my friends and family and since the last three years my little one has started doing the same. Diwali as we know is not complete without bowls full of nuts and plates full of Indian sweets so last year we put together pots of roasted mixed nuts with flavours from India (Recipe is up on the blog). I thought it would be fun to share a number of really really simple edible gifts with all of you in the lead up to Diwali (all of them also work well for Christmas and birthdays and for those all those “just like that” occasions). Would you like that? Let me know!
It was a long weekend and we spent Wednesday night playing games. Growing up what were some of your favorite board/indoor games? Tell me! Can you spot a favourite here?
Since we had a late night (thanks to all those games especially cos of all the Uno fights) and a really early start the next day I used up all the leftovers in the refrigerator to make bowls of this super easy and quick, chicken and egg fried rice and called it lunch.
I have been devouring this book and laughing out loud.
Happy crafting everyone!
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