On November 13th, millions of people of South Asian ancestry in Canada and around the world, particularly Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs, observed Diwali. Diwali is commonly known as the “festival of lights” as it celebrates the triumph of good over evil, marked by lighting small clay lamps called Diyas (Deeyas). Diyas symbolize the victory of (inner) light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Families and communities come together to share good food, sweets, and prayers.
With the help of Jackman parents, Reshmi Majumder and Bipasha Choudhury, Senior Kindergarten students in Mlle Pace’s French Immersion class and Jackman’s daycare enjoyed learning about Diwali and diverse South Asian culture through books, lively Bhangra dancing, music, creative art (e.g. applying mehndi (henna), painting clay diyas), drinking yummy homemade mango lassi (traditional yogurt-based drink) and a mini South Asian fashion show. Mlle Pace kindly volunteered to model how to put on and gracefully wear a sari while other students did a spin in their lovely, distinct South Asian clothing for their classmates.
Special thanks to Mlle Pace and other Jackman staff for being so enthusiastic and supportive of teaching the children about Diwali. Doing so helps our kids learn about the importance of respecting diversity and promotes inclusivity of those they may perceive as different from them; all elements that can help build a caring, compassionate and enlightened school culture.