Here’s a good description of Diwali written by the Boston Globe’s Big Picture in 2009 ( Diwali in 2016 is on Sunday, October 30, 2016 and will continue to Thursday, November 03, 2016.):
“[It is] the celebration of Diwali among Hindus and other groups around the world. Diwali is also known as the “Festival of Lights” (the name translates as “row of lamps” in Sanskrit). The festival marks the homecoming of Hindu God Rama to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile in the forest following his victory over Ravana, and signifies the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness. Celebrants observe Diwali with fireworks, colorful lanterns, lamps, garlands, sweet treats and worship.”
This “The Best…” list joins many others I’ve posted focusing on days and celebrations important to various world religions.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Diwali:
Diwali 2009 is a series of photos from The Big Picture.
Diwali, The Pan-Indian Festival of Lights is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
ESL Holiday Lessons has some nice resources on Diwali.
Judie Haynes has a good page for ELL’s comparing different light festivals that take place around the world, including Diwali.
The British Council has a “talking story” on Diwali.
The BBC has an audio slideshow on “Navratri, the Hindu festival of dance, which leads up to Diwali.”
Here’s a nice infographic with Diwali facts.
If you need any additional resources, Michelle Henry has a wealth of accessible materials at her incredible website.
Diwali: The Festival of Lights is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Festivals of Light Around the World is from Judie Haynes.
Diwali celebrations: the lights and sounds of Leicester’s Golden Mile is from The Guardian.
Diwali in the Classroom: A Parent’s Perspective is from Teaching Tolerance.
As always, suggestions are welcome.